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Flytipping plaguing Creech St Michael, says resident
FLYTIPPING is plaguing people in a village near Taunton, according to one of its residents.
County Gazette reader Helen Rowson said she has spotted a cotbed and mattresses strewn on grass verges in Creech St Michael in the past few months.
Helen, who lives nearby, said the latest flytipping incident saw children’s toys and black bags piled up along Hyde Lane.
She added: “There are a lot of people with small children and there is nothing to say that if the children are not supervised that they won’t go into the bags.
“It is unsightly and I don’t know why people cannot go a couple of miles down the road to the tip.
“If one person does it then more people are likely to do it too.”
Helen said her three-year-old son has been intrigued by the rubbish but she is concerned other young children could get their hands it.
She said: “He is quite fascinated by it and we have to drive past it when we leave our house.
“He wants to look at it so other children may do the same.”
Ken Hunt, chairman of the parish council, said they carry out weekly inspections and report any flytipping to Taunton Deane Council immediately.
He added: “This does not happen all the time but when it does we take it very seriously.”
A Taunton Deane Council spokesman said they work with police and use mobile CCTV to catch fly-tippers out.
They added: “Taunton Deane Council has a choice of actions to take against fly-tippers, from warning letters and fixed penalty notices to prosecutions. “Everyone in Taunton Deane can fight flytipping, from reporting incidents and those responsible to ensuring that their own waste is not flytipped - each individual and business has a duty of care over their waste, even after it has left their home or premises.
“Failure to take reasonable steps to do this risks prosecution and a fine.”
Residents can report flytipping by calling 01823-356356.
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