Fly tipping fears on country road

Police sign warning drivers of the dangers of dumped rubbish blocking Station Road, Goldsborough (s)

Police sign warning drivers of the dangers of dumped rubbish blocking Station Road, Goldsborough (s)

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A Goldsborough resident has spoken out against the careless fly tippers risking serious accidents by dumping waste on a narrow country road.

A man from the village, who asked not to be named, spoke of his concerns after coming across piles of garden waste blocking Station Road as it runs from Goldsborough north towards the A59.

He said he had seen parts the narrow twisting road almost entirely blocked four times this summer, with “whole trailer loads” of garden waste dumped on the carriageway.

As the Goldsborough man drives to work early in the morning, he often comes across rubbish blocking the road in poor light, rain or fog, as is worried it is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs.

“A car could go into the hedge, or meet a vehicle coming the other way. People walk along that road as well, and there isn’t anywhere for them to go if a car swerves.”

Although the problem has occurred before, it has been noticably worse this year, he added.

“Last year they dumped rubbish in the laybys and passing places on the road, but this year they have been dumping it in the road.”

He believes the problem is caused by unscrupulous garden contractors, and called on home owners to think more carefully about who they employ in their gardens.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed they have received four calls since the beginning of July this year, about garden waste and rubble dumped in the carriageway on Station Road. Although fly tipping is a council responsbility, police attended on one occasion, July 7, to place warning signs around the hazard.