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‘Absolutely disgusted’ by ‘flytipper cowboy’

By WBCraig  |  Posted: February 11, 2014


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A MAWNAN Smith resident is ‘absolutely disgusted’ after building waste has been dumped by the side of a picturesque country road.

Paul Glover said the ‘cowboy flytipper’ left an estimated half a tonne of roof tiles in a layby on the road between Mawnan Smith and High Cross, near Constantine.

He has reported it to Cornwall Council, which will have to use tax payers’ money to clear it up.

“Another cowboy, another flytipper – they are a blight on the county,” said Mr Glover.

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“If you’re a builder and you take that to a recycling centre, you have to pay for it so someone who wants to do a job on the cheap has done this. This is cheapskating. It is lazy. I am absolutely disgusted.”

He added that the flytipping spoils the natural beauty of the area and creates a danger to wildlife.

The Council cleaned up 4,025 incidents of flytipping in 2012 at a cost of £360,000, according to a spokeswoman. In 2013, there were 3,501 incidents which were cleaned up at a cost of £320,000.

She added: “As we say on the website, fly-tipping can be dangerous, pollutes land and waterways and costs the council tax payer significant amounts of money to clear away.”

Flytipping on council-owned property can be reported via the Report It link on the homepage of the website www.cornwall.gov.uk/reportit or via the council Facebook page; or by calling 0300 1234 202.

If it is flytipping on private property, then it should be reported to the landowner.

In a letter to the West Briton, Mr Glover said: “Save this fly tipping blight on our county by ensuring your builder or roofer disposes the waste legally, it might cost a bit more but it saves a mess like this being dumped on the roadside by a cowboy.”

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  • yorkie1957  |  February 11 2014, 7:14PM

    This is disgusting but a sign of our times,although not helped by having to pay for permits to dump trade waste. Building waste is often dumped on wasteland close to our house and because the area now looks like a tip it's treated like one and no one seems to care,although it upsets my husband and I very much. I wouldn't dream of throwing a sweet wrapper onto the ground yet I regularly have to clean up other peoples drinks cans,beer bottles,cigarette packets etc thrown casually into our front garden. As children we were taught morals and respect for ourselves,for others and for our environment.Sadly nowadays too few people take pride in their surroundings and beautiful Cornwall suffers because of it.

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  • josdave  |  February 11 2014, 5:01PM

    Apart from a really hefty fine this idiot needs locking up if only for a short while to bring home to him how stupid he is. What right doe anybody have to turn areas of our country into eyesores?