Harleston farmer talks of annoyance as south Norfolk is hit with fly-tipping problem
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A farmer has spoken of his annoyance after household waste and rubbish have been repeatedly dumped on land owned by him and his neighbour.
Former Royal Norfolk Show director Julian Taylor has said the farms in Starston, near Harleston, have been targeted numerous times over the past few weeks with bags of rubbish and old furniture left in hedgerows and ditches.
He said: 'I've had a trailer abandoned and a fridge. It's every couple of weeks. In south Norfolk it appears to be happening more. We are coming up to a busy time with presents and waste. The last thing we need after New Year is to find rubbish all over the countryside.'
Fly-tipping costs the taxpayer in the district £54,000 each year.
South Norfolk Council has issued a warning to residents to only use registered waste collectors after an increase in reports of unlicensed companies offering to collect people's unwanted items for cash and fly-tipping them.
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Residents and businesses have a legal obligation to ensure their waste is disposed of properly and fines of up to £5,000 can be issued if they pass their waste to an unauthorised person who then dumps it illegally.
South Norfolk councillor Clayton Hudson – whose parishes of Pulham Market and Pulham St Mary have been targeted – said the situation has become prolific over the past couple of months across the district.
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He said: 'I am annoyed. South Norfolk is such a lovely place to live and work and somebody feels the need to spoil that.
'There are a lot of places people can take their waste to. It has been a priority in South Norfolk for quite a while and we have a dedicated team to clear it up.'
More information can be found at http://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/flytipping-and-littering