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'Street scene' team rubbishes fly-tippers
Saturday 18th February, 2006

'Street scene' team rubbishes fly-tippers

'Street scene' team rubbishes fly-tippers

Wigan Council says more court action against fly-tippers is in the pipeline.

The pledge follows the recent conviction of an Ashton man and the blighting of another part of Wigan this week.

While the council's 'street scene' team were tackling one local 'grot spot' in Beech Hill this week, just round the corner fly-tippers were busy blighting another part of the picturesque valley. Efforts are being made to identify those responsible.

Street Scene manager Paul Dandy says:

"Just what do these people think they are doing? The cost to council tax payers and the environment is enormous. In a typical year it can cost the council anything up to £80,000 to clean up after fly tippers.

"Since the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act came into force earlier this year, littering in all open spaces or on other people's property is now illegal Ė and we are working closely with the Environment Agency and the police to bring fly tippers to account.

"The vast majority of people know that the proper place for dumping rubbish is in the bin - letís not let a minority spoil our borough."

In recent weeks, several people from Leigh have been successfully identified as the owners of rubbish dumped in the town. They were contacted and hit with strict fines and several more cases are pending.

Residents can report rubbish directly to the council on the flytipping hotline on 01942 404270/404269 (Wigan area) or 404268 (Leigh area). Up to seven items of bulky household items can be collected by the council, by arrangement, for a standard charge of £10.

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