Were King’s Lynn women behind Clenchwarton fly tipping?
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An investigation is under way after bags of rubbish were dumped in a village.
Eleven bin bags were containing household waste were found on the playing field car park at Clenchwarton. Villagers are hopeful the cuplrit might be traced from an envelope containing the names and address of two women living in King’s Lynn found in one of the bags, although it is not known whether they were responsible.
One said: “We have moved the bags and stacked them by the litter bin in order to clear the eyesore for when mums want to park there this afternoon.
“It’s a really frustrating situation especially as I have found an envelope with a name and address.
“One can only hope that somebody will investigate and the perpetrators will be brought to justice.”
A West Norfolk council spokesman said while it couldn’t remove the waste, it could investigate.
“Clenchwarton Playing Field car park is owned by the parish council and is private land,” she added. “The borough council cannot enter private land to clear fly tipping, even under invite. This applies to all land owners in the borough.
“The clearance and legal disposal of the fly tipped waste is the responsibility of the land owner.
“Our community safety and neighbourhood nuisance team will investigate the incident, to try and determine how the waste came to be dumped on this land. Any action taken will depend on the outcome of the investigation, but the enforcement options available to us range from warnings, cautions, fixed penalty notices, and prosecutions.”
Earlier this year, councillors voted to bring in £200 fixed penalty fines for people who dump small amounts of non-hazardous waste.
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It came after fly-tipping topped the list of complaints at a public meeting on rural crime.
Figures released by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that in 2015-16 there were more than 100,000 incidents of fly-tipping across the East Anglia region.
But the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, says that the figure does not reflect the true scale of the crime.