A Moorlands resident has raised concern after coming across a pile of rubbish which had been dumped in a car park. The large amount of bin bags and cardboard boxes full of rubbish were discovered at a rural car park near Cheadle at the weekend by resident Dean Powell.
A Moorlands resident has raised concern after coming across a pile of rubbish which had been dumped in a car park.
The large amount of bin bags and cardboard boxes full of rubbish were discovered at a rural car park near Cheadle at the weekend by resident Dean Powell.
Mr Powell told the Times & Echo: “Saturday evening as darkness approached, I came across this disgraceful fly-tipping mess on the edge of a small car park, the first carpark heading towards Oakamoor from Cheadle, next to Hawksmoor Wood.
“It really is appalling and impacts negatively on the environment and local wildlife.
“All this next to a public footpath that takes you into the nature reserve on the edge of the Churnet Valley.
“I have sent an email to the local district council about it and have requested that it’s shifted. I was planning to do a litter pick here soon but will wait until its gone.
“Importantly, I have been informed that it will be shifted. I hope they sift through the content to see if there are any papers or documents linking this trash to the person(s) responsible.”
Mr Powell added: “Local people in Cheadle are very angry about the issue of fly-tipping, the fact that this latest incident has happened next to a National Trust Nature Reserve and a public footpath is a significant cause for concern.
“There is a clear need for the police to step up patrols and monitoring on the lanes that leave Cheadle in order to disrupt this behaviour/rural crime in known hotspots.
“There is also a big problem with litter being discarded from cars on the move just outside of Cheadle along the lanes and from individuals in cars parked up at known hotspots.
“The local authority needs to play its part in helping to combat this significant problem. Discarding litter and fly-tipping needs an effective strategy and response.
“There are guilty people out there walking among us who have complete disregard for the environment, for nature and for the risk posed to our wildlife relatives. I call these members of our species who do this the ‘Disconnects.’
“I am saddened by what I saw on Saturday but as a Cheadle Moorlands Litter Picker I along with others who care about the environment will continue with the necessary work of litter picking and reporting any fly-tipping incidents we come across.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, which is the authority which clears fly-tipped rubbish, has previously said on the matter of fly-tipping: “Fly tipping is irresponsible, anti-social and expensive to clean up.
“There is no excuse for anyone to dump their waste like this and we will always seek to prosecute those responsible wherever possible.
“People should be aware that fly tipping can attract unlimited fines and we strongly urge everyone to dispose of their waste responsibly and not just leave their mess for someone else to sort out.”
Anyone witnessing fly tipping can report it on the SMDC website at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/report-it.
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