Pontypool hills blighted by 'horrendous' fly-tipping

Pontypool hills blighted by 'horrendous' fly-tipping

"BLIGHT": Charles Whant said he was “concerned and upset” by the rubbish he discovered

"HORRENDOUS": Fly tipping is ruining the landscape, councillors have said

(L-R) Councillors Wayne Tomlinson, Giles Davies and Gwyneira Clark are concerned that people are fly tipping onto the site of The British (4308126)

First published in News

ANGER and disgust has been voiced by Pontypool councillors after a keen photographer pointed out the horrendous extent of fly-tipping which is blighting the local mountains.

Charles Whant said he was concerned and upset by the extent of dumped rubbish he discovered in the hills and forestry above Llanerch Colliery last week, while walking with friends.

This included a sofa, steel sheeting, general waste, and a washing machine.Ward Councillors Giles Davies and Gwyneira Clark visited the site last week and said they were “horrified”.

Cllr Davies said: “Fly-tipping is ruining the landscape. As a keen walker it horrifies me how the problems seem to be getting worse although official statistics show otherwise.

“You can go to a local beauty spot with fantastic views only to be confronted with fly-tipping blighting the area only a few feet away from where you’re standing, it’s so frustrating as what will visitors to the area think on their way to the heritage site.”

He said Abersychan was suffering from the actions of a minority, adding: “We can no longer afford to bury our heads in the sand, we need to start acting, our community demands it.”

Mr Whant posted some pictures online. which drew significant outcries from others.

He said: “I have already posted the images to the Pontypool Past And Present Facebook Page and they have drawn a small amount of outrage as you would expect with some people pointing the finger to the council and blaming tipping fees at refuse sites.”

A Torfaen council spokesman urged residents to contact the local authority.

He said: “This is an appalling incident of fly-tipping that not only ruins the landscape but also poses a danger to wildlife.

“It is currently being investigated and If anyone has information on this, or other incidents of people tipping rubbish illegally, we would urge them to come forward. Fly-tipping is a crime and anyone found guilty will be prosecuted.”

Report fly-tipping it to Call Torfaen on 01495 762200.

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11:42am Fri 7 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

It's bad that people are protesting at council tip fees by flytipping in such beautiful landscapes.

There was a campaign recently in Portugal I think where people were protesting service cuts by dumping their rubbish outside banks overnight. These flytippers should, I think, be taking a leaf out of that book and dumping their crap outside council offices instead.
It's bad that people are protesting at council tip fees by flytipping in such beautiful landscapes. There was a campaign recently in Portugal I think where people were protesting service cuts by dumping their rubbish outside banks overnight. These flytippers should, I think, be taking a leaf out of that book and dumping their crap outside council offices instead. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -3

1:59pm Fri 7 Mar 14

OldSlugs says...

These aren't protesters they are lazy selfish individuals who can not do the correct thing and ensure that they're rubbish is disposed of properly. Often saving themselves money but costing the public purse many times over.
These aren't protesters they are lazy selfish individuals who can not do the correct thing and ensure that they're rubbish is disposed of properly. Often saving themselves money but costing the public purse many times over. OldSlugs
  • Score: 12

2:05pm Fri 7 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

I still think the answer is to dump it at the council instead of spoiling the countryside.
I still think the answer is to dump it at the council instead of spoiling the countryside. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -10

2:11pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Forgive Me If I'm Wrong says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
I still think the answer is to dump it at the council instead of spoiling the countryside.
Really???
Why not dispose of it sensibly like the rest if us?
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: I still think the answer is to dump it at the council instead of spoiling the countryside.[/p][/quote]Really??? Why not dispose of it sensibly like the rest if us? Forgive Me If I'm Wrong
  • Score: 16

2:34pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Floppy backed says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
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wrote:
I still think the answer is to dump it at the council instead of spoiling the countryside.
I dont get your point its the council who have to collect this rubbish out of tax payers - who else is going to collect it? The council has limited funds and its the WAG (labour) who directs it to each authority. Perhaps WAG offices for wasting tax payers money and who like to direct it to endless housing associations, useless airport, free prescriptions to all and sundry and all the other barking mad decisions they make!
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: I still think the answer is to dump it at the council instead of spoiling the countryside.[/p][/quote]I dont get your point its the council who have to collect this rubbish out of tax payers - who else is going to collect it? The council has limited funds and its the WAG (labour) who directs it to each authority. Perhaps WAG offices for wasting tax payers money and who like to direct it to endless housing associations, useless airport, free prescriptions to all and sundry and all the other barking mad decisions they make! Floppy backed
  • Score: 6

2:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Floppy backed says...

Its people who consume and its up to people to dispose, its not up to the council to pick up the pieces for peoples decisions. You buy the stuff you pay to dispose! not rocket science.
Its people who consume and its up to people to dispose, its not up to the council to pick up the pieces for peoples decisions. You buy the stuff you pay to dispose! not rocket science. Floppy backed
  • Score: 7

2:53pm Fri 7 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

My point? What's refuse disposal if not a prime example of what we pay our taxes for? If the council are causing flytipping by charging tipping fees, then it's that which needs to be addressed as the cause and not people who, perhaps understandably, feel that they're being charged for something they already pay for.
My point? What's refuse disposal if not a prime example of what we pay our taxes for? If the council are causing flytipping by charging tipping fees, then it's that which needs to be addressed as the cause and not people who, perhaps understandably, feel that they're being charged for something they already pay for. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -2

4:39pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Skully says...

This problem is country wide. I walk in the hills all over Wales and where there is road access the is rubbish dumped.
I do not think by looking at the rubbish in the pics that this is the general public, as we can deposit our waste for free at the tips.
As highlighted on many TV shows, this is the work of unscrupulous individuals taking money to clear rubbish and dumping it instead of taking it to the tip where they are charged.
The police target the scrapies, they should also target the flat beds carrying rubbish.
This problem is country wide. I walk in the hills all over Wales and where there is road access the is rubbish dumped. I do not think by looking at the rubbish in the pics that this is the general public, as we can deposit our waste for free at the tips. As highlighted on many TV shows, this is the work of unscrupulous individuals taking money to clear rubbish and dumping it instead of taking it to the tip where they are charged. The police target the scrapies, they should also target the flat beds carrying rubbish. Skully
  • Score: 3

7:10am Sat 8 Mar 14

Woodgnome says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
It's bad that people are protesting at council tip fees by flytipping in such beautiful landscapes.

There was a campaign recently in Portugal I think where people were protesting service cuts by dumping their rubbish outside banks overnight. These flytippers should, I think, be taking a leaf out of that book and dumping their crap outside council offices instead.
The person responsible for fly tipping is the person that does it - not somebody else. It's a cop out to say otherwise. This reflects very badly on the welsh/british culture and people. We are the dirty man of Europe - they have equally high waste charges.
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: It's bad that people are protesting at council tip fees by flytipping in such beautiful landscapes. There was a campaign recently in Portugal I think where people were protesting service cuts by dumping their rubbish outside banks overnight. These flytippers should, I think, be taking a leaf out of that book and dumping their crap outside council offices instead.[/p][/quote]The person responsible for fly tipping is the person that does it - not somebody else. It's a cop out to say otherwise. This reflects very badly on the welsh/british culture and people. We are the dirty man of Europe - they have equally high waste charges. Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

6:26pm Sat 8 Mar 14

real comment says...

THE COUNCILS HAVE BROUGHT THIS ON THEMSELVES WITH CHARGES EVERY WAY WHICH AND RESTRICTIONS
THE COUNCILS HAVE BROUGHT THIS ON THEMSELVES WITH CHARGES EVERY WAY WHICH AND RESTRICTIONS real comment
  • Score: 0

7:12pm Sun 9 Mar 14

theviking666 says...

they could have put some gloves on and started to clean it up, every bit helps
they could have put some gloves on and started to clean it up, every bit helps theviking666
  • Score: 1

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