Fly-tipping soars in East Devon

FLY-TIPPING has soared in East Devon in the last year.

The region saw the biggest rise in Devon - from 227 incidents in 2010 to 315 in 2011, according to district council figures.

Devon County Council (DCC) started charging for the disposal of some items in April – but bosses say the levy could not be blamed for the increase.

The Herald reported last week how potentially deadly asbestos was illegally dumped in a quiet Sidmouth beauty spot.

A countryside bridleway off Bickwell Lane was used as a tip as 26 bags worth of industrial waste were left there.

The district council had to call in specialists to remove the waste.

DCC introduced a charge on April 1 for the disposal of rubble, plasterboard, bonded asbestos and tyres.

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Councillor Roger Croad, the authority’s cabinet member for recycling, said the introduction of charges could not be blamed for people’s failure to obey the law.

He said: “In Devon, 86per cent of all the stuff that’s fly-tipped can be taken free to a recycling centre.

“More than 95per cent of stuff that’s taken to recycling centres goes in free of charge.”