Sedgefield woman's three-month fly tipping saga finally resolved

The Northern Echo: Lyn Hawksby from Sedgefield was the victim of fly tipping last year but Durham County Council refused to take it away as it was on private land. She tried to take it to the tip but they refused to take it Lyn Hawksby from Sedgefield was the victim of fly tipping last year but Durham County Council refused to take it away as it was on private land. She tried to take it to the tip but they refused to take it

A FLY tipping victim had to wait months for a large pile of rubbish to be removed from her land after the council initially refused to help.

Lyn Hawksby was horrified when she discovered a huge mound of plastic and wood had been dumped outside her horse stables near Sedgefield in County Durham last October.

She immediately phoned Durham County Council but was told that the authority does not collect fly tipping from private land.

And when she tried to dispose of some of the waste at Coxhoe Household Waste Recycling Centre she received an equally frustrating response.

“I only had a small amount of wood and plastic with me but when I got to the tip I was bluntly told that I couldn’t leave it there,” said Ms Hawksby, 49.

“Thankfully, the supervisor took pity on me and let me leave it but he said I couldn’t bring any more. What was I supposed to do?”

The rubbish was finally removed this afternoon after The Northern Echo contacted the council.

Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at Durham County Council, confirmed the authority does not collect fly tipping from private land but had made an exception on this occasion.

He said he was surprised Ms Hawksby had been turned away from the household waste recycling centre and said the council would look into this incident.

“The council, working with partners, does take fly-tipping seriously and we will take further action against the minority who spoil our environment, where evidence can be found," he added.

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10:54pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Joanne2410 says...

I know for a fact a number of fly tips have been reported to DCC over numerous fly tip on one area and nothing gets done ! Council land, yet when people ring they are told that land does not exist!!! Get a grip DCC n pass it ion to Livin if it's their problem! Yet again they need to admit it's their land if so or it's a free for all
I know for a fact a number of fly tips have been reported to DCC over numerous fly tip on one area and nothing gets done ! Council land, yet when people ring they are told that land does not exist!!! Get a grip DCC n pass it ion to Livin if it's their problem! Yet again they need to admit it's their land if so or it's a free for all Joanne2410
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12:18am Tue 4 Feb 14

Joanne2410 says...

I have read in to this and if it is your land and signed to the public as being private land then it is down to the land owner to remove any 'rubbish' on that land! Wrong - yes when 'fly tipped' but without CCTV available for the council and the police to see it wasn't you, you cannot prove any criminal activity! You need this before you claim any wrong doing by anyone else, which I admit I was wrong to do by DCC and Livin in this situation as you a private land owner hasn't got a leg to stand on! Sorry!!!
I have read in to this and if it is your land and signed to the public as being private land then it is down to the land owner to remove any 'rubbish' on that land! Wrong - yes when 'fly tipped' but without CCTV available for the council and the police to see it wasn't you, you cannot prove any criminal activity! You need this before you claim any wrong doing by anyone else, which I admit I was wrong to do by DCC and Livin in this situation as you a private land owner hasn't got a leg to stand on! Sorry!!! Joanne2410
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