Fly-tipping issue is still a problem

Nothing New: This pile of fly-tipped rubbish, including bathroom fittings, was first featured in the Matlock Mercury back in April, and remains an eysore at the top of Farley Hill.
Nothing New: This pile of fly-tipped rubbish, including bathroom fittings, was first featured in the Matlock Mercury back in April, and remains an eysore at the top of Farley Hill.

RUBBISH dumped at a picturesque setting is still waiting to be cleared up- eight months after it was first highlighted by the Mercury.

Fly-tipped waste continues to blight our landscape, including an area at the top of Farley Hill which was first brought to our attention in April of last year.

Bags of rubbish and old kitchen fittings had been left at the site, and this recent picture (right) snapped by Mercury photographer Paul Robinson, shows it has still been removed.

The Mercury launched a campaign last year in a bid to fight the fly-tippers, which led to a man being successfully prosecuted in December over waste left at Beeley Moor.

Derbyshire Dales District Council confirmed that Farley Hill was private land and was the landowner’s responsibility, but legal action was being considered.

Despite this, the council admitted it can be still be difficult to catch other culprits.

A spokesman said: “While there is action ongoing with regard to the Farley Hill site, we don’t have evidence to suggest it’s a particular problem area.

“Indeed, the Derbyshire Dales does not have defined hotspots like some neighbouring areas, mainly because of the rural nature of much of the Dales.

“This means our covert CCTV equipment is actually less useful than witness information when policing fly tips and gaining successful prosecutions such as the one we secured at the end of 2011 after rubbish was dumped at Beeley Moor.”

Other areas still being affected by illegal tipping includes Roe’s Lane between Crich and Parkhead where household waste, car seats, bathroom tiles, bike tyres and even two oxyacetylene tanks have been dumped.

On Snitterton Road in Matlock, an old vacuum cleaner has been tossed over a hedge and left.

The council spokesman added: “The actual number of fly tips in the Dales is low compared with other authorities in Derbyshire – the number was down in 2011 to 162 from 187 the previous year – but we will be working hard with the public to try to do still better in 2012.

“To make it easier than ever to report a fly tip there’s a simple online form at derbyshiredales.gov.uk/environment. Alternatively call us in confidence on 01629 761 212 or emailenvhealth@derbyshiredales.gov.uk.”