Tipping incident remains a concern

Fly tipping at Colliery Lane, Atherton
Fly tipping at Colliery Lane, Atherton

FLY-TIPPING remains a problem in the borough but harsh penalties await offenders say environment chiefs at Wigan Council.

Reported incidents of illegal waste dumping are causing concern with almost 1,000 cases recorded in the past 12 months.

But a decrease compared to the previous year and recent prosecutions are serving as encouragement for the environment services team.

Coun Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Wigan Council uses the latest CCTV technology along with other methods to catch offenders. We will continue to prosecute to send a strong message, residents can have confidence that we will take these people to task.”

The number of reported cases for the last 12 months was 938 compared with 967 the year before.

This week, Tony McDonagh, of Tennyson Avenue, received fines of £520 as part of a householder duty of care prosecution.

McDonagh’s waste was dumped on open land in Westleigh, he told investigators “a man and a van” offered to dispose of it for a fee. Appearing before Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court, McDonagh pleaded guilty but spoke of his “disgust” that the waste had been illegally tipped and that “he was trying to do a favour for a neighbour.”

Council officers were keen to emphasise that residents should only give their rubbish to authorised waste carriers who can confirm their credentials.

Blake and Carlton Fox and Jordan and Joshua Mason, from Atherton, received fines of £1,846 after charging a resident £120 for removal of kitchen renovation waste. The four, who pleaded guilty, then dumped the rubbish on Colliery Lane.

Coun Anderson added: “Fly-tipping is not acceptable under any circumstances, there will be serious consequences if you are caught.”