Fly-tipping blights town again

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A resident has spoken out after being angered by another instance of fly-tipping in Morley.

Chris Graham discovered a pile of wooden planks and shrubs dumped on the side of playing fields offGlen Road in the town.

He said: “There’s not a hope in hell of catching the idiots who did the dumping and if they were caught and prosecuted the fine would probably be less than the fee for disposing of the rubbish properly.

“It’s just frustrating to think that there are people out there who don’t give a damn about creating a mess which somebody else will have to clean up and everybody who pays council tax will have to subsidise.” He added that he thought fly-tippers left the rubbish just “to save a few quid.”

Back in June, figures obtained by the Observer revealed that almost 1,500 cases of fly-tipping in Morley were reported to Leeds City Council during the past three years.But none of the cases investigated by the local authority since 2012 led to a prosecution, despite council spending on the issue more than trebling during that time.

The council spent more than £743,000 on clearing up fly-tipping in 2014/15 as opposed to 2012/13 when they spent just £216,000.

The main problem areas were Rooms Lane – with 51 of the reported 1,485 incidents occurring there – Windsor Court, Wide Lane and Queen Street.

Fixed penalty notices were issued in Beeston and Holbeck, Chapel Allerton, Hunslet and Moortown but not in Morley.

The council said that it does undertake direct prosecutions for fly-tipping but only had data for fixed penalty notices.

But the overall amount of fly-tipping in Morley is down with 119 fewer cases in 2014/15 than in 2013/14, while across Leeds as a whole the offence continues to rise.

A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “We have been made aware of an incident of fly-tipping on Glen Road in Morley which is currently being addressed by members of our parks team.

“We would ask any resident who comes across or is made aware of any fly-tipping in their community to contact us either by telephone on 0113 222 4406 or report online at www.leeds.gov.uk.”