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Call for prosecution over Bilton fly tipping

Image of the debris taken over Christmas supplied by Bilton Conservation Group and, below, Coun Greta Knight.

Image of the debris taken over Christmas supplied by Bilton Conservation Group and, below, Coun Greta Knight.

Outraged councillors are hoping to see a prosecution after a mountain of builder’s debris was dumped in Bilton.

The waste was left in the Nidd Gorge car park on Bilton Lane just before Christmas.

The car park was blocked throughout the Christmas holidays, diverting cars onto the footway, blocking residents’ access and causing safety hazards.

Among the debris was a front door with a builder’s telephone number on.

A thorough investigation was launched by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) and the debris was removed by those responsible.

Woodfield Coun Greta Knight (Lib Dem) said: “In the past we have had minor incidents of fly tipping such as building materials being left there but we have never had that amount of major fly tipping before.

“We cannot tolerate this sort of thing.

“I have been pushing the council to prosecute and if it is well publicised I am hoping it would act as a deterrent in the future.”

Bilton and Nidd Gorge County Coun David Simister (Ukip) said: “I want a prosecution and I think everyone in Bilton wants a prosecution.

“Everyone I have spoken to wants that.

“If the council do not prosecute there will be a lot of angry people.

“This was a tonne of bricks and I want the council to come down on the people responsible like a tonne of bricks.”

Jill Reeves is Environmental Protection Manager for HBC. She said: “The council is taking the matter seriously.

“It is an ongoing investigation and once we have looked at all of the evidence we will decide what course of action we will take.

“The message to all households and businesses is to make sure they dispose of waste carefully and do not commit any offences.”

Writing in the Harrogate Advertiser, Keith Wilkinson MBE, Secretary of Bilton Conservation Group said: “HBC should be congratulated for their prompt action to clear a tonne of builder’s debris from the Nidd Gorge car park.

“Although this massive fly tipping blocked the car park throughout Christmas; diverting cars onto the footway, blocking residents’ access and causing real safety hazards, normal parking was resumed before New Year.

“Local, licensed, waste traders are incensed that fly tipping on this scale will damage their reputation.

“We hope that HBC will use the ample evidence available to follow up their enforcement action with a salutary prosecution to deter others.”

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