Caravans and 20 tonnes of waste to be removed in operation to clear fly-tipping

Photos: Staffordshire County Council

A major clean up operation to remove a large amount of fly tipping is taking place in Newcastle.

Waste teams from Staffordshire County Council and Newcastle-under Lyme Borough Council will be removing items dumped in Chemical Lane - including caravans.

They will be working alongside local metals recycler Moores Metals.

As well as caravans, an estimated 20 tonnes of commercial and household waste is expected to be removed in the operation today (24 July). 

The road will be temporarily closed as specialist equipment will be needed to remove the caravans from the site safely.

Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial at Staffordshire County Council said: “Fly-tipping is an illegal and selfish crime that impacts directly on local communities.

“This is a fairly major and costly incident that our crews are having to deal with and I would encourage anyone with information on incidents of fly tipping to contact the Police on 101.”

Cabinet member for environment and recycling at Newcastle Borough Council, Trevor Johnson, said: “Clearing up after criminals – and that’s what fly-tipping is, a crime - is both time-consuming and extremely costly and the huge cost is borne by council tax payers and not those who dump their rubbish.

"We are dealing with scarce resources and trying to provide vital services for the public and that money could, and should, be spent in ways that directly benefit residents instead.

“We are working with the county council to remove the waste in Chemical Lane today to make the area safe once again and we will look at the possibilities of installing CCTV in the area as a deterrent to those who wilfully dump their waste without a care for residents, wildlife or businesses nearby or for tax-payers who ultimately have to pay for their actions. It is truly disgraceful.

“I join with Mark to ask that anyone who has any information on fly-tippers, please call the police. They shouldn’t get away with these irresponsible acts and need to be stopped.”

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