AN ENVIRONMENT organisation is 'appalled' that rubbish has been dumped in a Moorlands river. Last week, we reported that Blythe Bridge residents Peter North, and his wife Janette, had attended the Forsbrook Parish Council's April meeting to air their concerns about rubbish which had been dumped in the River Blithe. This week, the Environment Agency has confirmed that they have received reports of the dumped rubbish, which according to Mr North, has since been added to and that a fence along a pathway which leads to the river has now also been damaged.
Mr North said: “Around a hundred yards of fencing has been wrecked along the pathway at Lavender Avenue which leads to the River Blithe under the tunnel of the A50 which is the site of the dumped rubbish.
“Some of the fencing has now been dumped in the river, and there is also a lot of graffiti in the area which has offensive language.”
The rubbish which has been dumped in the River Blithe includes: a corrugated panel, a metal crate, two traffic cones, and even half a trailer.
Nick Burgess from the Environment Agency told the Times & Echo: “We are appalled that waste has been fly tipped into the River Blithe at Blythe Marsh.
“The waste, which poses no flood risk or threat to aquatic life is unsightly and should be removed.”
Although he could not divulge who the landowner is, Mr Burgess confirmed that he and the agency is now talking to the landowner about their responsibility to remove the rubbish.
Mr Burgess said: “Unfortunately responsibility for clearing this rubbish falls to the landowner, so we are talking to them about their riparian responsibilities to remove the waste and maintain that stretch of the river.
“Fly tipping is a crime and the local council has the power to prosecute anyone found guilty of fly tipping.”
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