Lakeland Tyre Dumping Investigation Underway

Illegal tyre dumping

South Lakeland District Council are seeking information regarding illegal waste dumping, including tyres

Lakelands Flytipping Investigation

South Lakeland District Council are facing an ongoing battle with flytipping after some 70 tyres were left in a layby near Ambleside.

The incident, which happened at Bog Lane at Brathay near Ambleside.

It is the latest in a spate of such incidents reported to the council.

Locality officers at SLDC are investigating the incident and are asking the public to contact them if they saw a truck carrying tyres within a five-mile radius of Bog Lane on February 12.

One tyre is said to have a mist of green paint all over one side, while another, has a nail and screw about four inches apart.

This is the fourth significant fly-tipping incident in rural South Lakeland in less than a month, after:

  • 118 used tyres were dumped onto a country road at Barbon on 16 January

  • what appeared to be a skip-full of concrete slabs and household rubbish was abandoned on the road between Arnside and Silverdale on 19 January

  • and around 25 bright blue bags of builders’ waste were tipped on the beach at Bardsea, also in January.

A council spokesman said: “Flytipping is not a victimless crime. As well as the cost to the environment, the financial cost of clearance, disposal and investigation is ultimately borne by the council taxpayers of the district.

"We investigate every case of fly-tipping reported and, if appropriate, action will be taken.

"This can range from fixed penalty notices and warning letters being issued to prosecutions, potentially significant fines and even custodial sentences.”

The maximum penalty for fly-tipping that can be imposed by the courts is a £50,000 fine and up to five years in prison for the most serious offences.

About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.

Email: ewan.scott@tyreandrubberrecycling.com

 

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