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Appeal for information on fly-tip

Published: Thursday, 10th October 2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is appealing for information after a rural road had to be temporarily closed to deal with a fly-tipping incident.

Approximately 7.5 tonnes of domestic building waste was dumped on Redhills Road, in Milton, at some point after 7pm yesterday (Wed, Oct 9), causing disruption to rush-hour traffic this morning.

The rubbish included wood, door frames, a bath tub and rubble, and was quickly cleared by the city council. Anyone with information about who might have dumped the waste is encouraged to contact the council on 01782 234234 or email environmental.crime@stoke.gov.uk with the incident reference FLT004856.

Cllr Carl Edwards, cabinet member for environment, said: “It’s shocking and unacceptable that someone thinks it’s perfectly fine to dump rubbish wherever they want, with no thought for the consequences on the environment and the public.

“Cleaning up any fly-tipped waste is time-consuming and expensive – this particular incident required us to close a road in the morning rush-hour, and we had to divert teams from routine work to clear it up. Thankfully we quickly got everything done and back to normal.

“The cost of an incident like this is ultimately paid for by council taxpayers, money that could be spent in other ways that directly benefit residents. It is doubly annoying when you consider that the city council would have readily and lawfully taken the waste away by appointment for a very small charge.

“This level of fly-tipping would have needed a transit tipper or LGV van to carry out and looking at the materials that were dumped, I would imagine two or more people would have been involved. I would encourage anyone who has information or saw anything suspicious in the area to get in touch with the council. If you were driving in the area yesterday evening, it might be that you have caught something on your dash cam which could be useful to our investigation.”

For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232987.