BCP Council’s Targeted Enforcement Team has made its first major achievement this week, with the removal of a substantial mountain of fly tipped rubbish in Boscombe.
Materials included mattresses, bedding and numerous appliances from fridge freezers to washing machines. There was also bikes, children’s toys, general waste, hazardous waste and even a small bar.
Kelly Ansell, Head of Communities, Enforcement and Regulatory Services BCP Council said:
“We faced every obstacle imaginable with this case and it’s great to see it finally come to a successful conclusion. We thank the land owner for agreeing to deal with the issue and for organising a company to come and remove the waste. Flytipping is often a difficult issue to investigate and resolve and we are keen to encourage landowners to take all available measures to protect their property. We also encourage residents with any evidence of fly tipping to report it to us as soon as possible.”
A complex and longstanding case, council officers have been working hard to clear the fly tipped rubbish. The land in question used for flytipping posed several issues for the team.
The land was unadopted, with no registered owner. Dubbed the ‘the broken window effect’ the amount of fly tipped rubbish rapidly increased in a short time and quickly tripled in size – even rumoured to be visible from space - leading to increased clean-up costs.
Working proactively to address the issue, council officers engaged with multiple individuals with a potential interest in the site. Following recently approved planning permission, they successfully ascertained the responsible parties and obtained an agreement for the owner to clear the site and pay for the removal of materials.
To report flytipping, click here.