Fly-tippers target Tonedale play area

Cllr Dave Mitton with some unwanted rubbish tipped at Tonedale play area.

Cllr Dave Mitton with some unwanted rubbish tipped at Tonedale play area.

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VANDALS are ruining a Wellington play area with persistent fly-tipping.

Supermarket trolleys, mattresses and other items are being dumped in the play area in Tonedale, blighting its image and causing a potential danger.

Town councillors expressed concerns about the problem at a meeting last week.

Raising the issue, Cllr Dave Mitton said: “It’s an ongoing problem. There have been a lot of things dumped there and the play area is quite well used, particularly by young families.

“We need residents to keep an eye on it and see who’s doing it. It’s concerning.”

Various suggestions were put forward to stop vehicles driving up to the site to dump rubbish, including putting up a gate at the Richards Close entrance.

Cllr Andrew Govier said: “It’s a disgrace – I’ve got no time for fly- tipping. There’s no excuse and it’s unacceptable.”

It was claimed that the loss of tips across Somerset was the root cause of the increasing fly tipping problem.

Cllr Ross Henley said: “The closure of tips is to blame. Taunton Deane’s in the top ten in the UK for the percentage of fly tipping increase.

“It’s becoming the Somerset disease and the blight of our county.”

Cllr Gloria Copley described the situation as “dreadful” and said somebody must know who is dumping rubbish.

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9:06am Sun 17 Feb 13

Mi_Coc says...

There is an excuse its called closed tips! Another hair brained scheme from the overpaid brain dead public servants @scc, tdbc!
There is an excuse its called closed tips! Another hair brained scheme from the overpaid brain dead public servants @scc, tdbc! Mi_Coc
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10:44am Sun 17 Feb 13

FreeSpeech? says...

I'll second that.
I'll second that. FreeSpeech?
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11:11am Sun 17 Feb 13

devonshiredumpling says...

what does "putting up at Richard Close entrance" mean ? does anyone proof read stories ?
what does "putting up at Richard Close entrance" mean ? does anyone proof read stories ? devonshiredumpling
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1:59pm Sun 17 Feb 13

ogunnar says...

Cllr Henley claims that fly tipping ' is becoming the Somerset disease' he really needs to get out of the county more,fly tipping is the blight of or Country!
And as for the problem at Tonedale why not get some of the PCSO's out of their cars and down there to sort it out,is that not part of there job.
Cllr Henley claims that fly tipping ' is becoming the Somerset disease' he really needs to get out of the county more,fly tipping is the blight of or Country! And as for the problem at Tonedale why not get some of the PCSO's out of their cars and down there to sort it out,is that not part of there job. ogunnar
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