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Tyres and badgers dumped on roads leading to Ipstones village

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

Some of the tyres dumped in Belmont Road, Ipstones.

Some of the tyres dumped in Belmont Road, Ipstones.

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TYRES and dead badgers are just a few of the items being dumped around roads leading to a country village by fly-tippers.

The problem was raised at a meeting of Ipstones Parish Council where it was stated that tyres, plasterboard and dead badgers were being dumped at the roadside of highways leading into the hilltop village.

No explanation was given as to why badgers should be dumped by the road.

Now parish councillors are asking residents and motorist to be extra vigilant in helping to track down the people responsible.

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Councillor Linda Malyon said: "There has been several batches of tyres dumped along Belmont Road.

"On one occasion there were 17 left.

"There has also been several badgers left on the roadside. These had not been hit, they had been dumped.

"Due to the numbers of tyres being regularly left on the roadside make it seem that they are coming from a business not a private dwelling.

"Last week a load of plasterboard was thrown out along the roadside in Park Lane which joins Foxt and Ipstones.

"They has also been rubbish bags thrown around the village.

"People can't be bothered to take it to the proper place.

"There are facilities provided in the Staffordshire Moorlands for residents and businesses to dispose of items. We need people to be vigilant in tracking down those responsible as taxpayers are being forced to pick up the bill, as the district council is being forced to send people out to collect all the items and then dispose of them.

"I have had to contact the council several times over the last few weeks to clear up the mess from different locations as we like to keep the countryside tidy." Councillor Gill Burton, who has the responsibility for communities at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: "I was sorry to hear of these reports from Ipstones.

"Fly-tipping is not only anti-social, it also costs local council tax payers who foot the bill for cleaning it up.

"It is difficult to believe that individuals would wish to spoil our beautiful countryside like this, and the council will seek to take action against anybody caught behaving in such an irresponsible manner.

"We have a track record of addressing fly-tipping through the courts, and in December 2012 a Stoke-on-Trent man was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and to pay council clean-up and court costs for fly-tipping in Cheddleton.

"Fly-tipping can result in fines of up to £50,000 so it is certainly not something to be taken lightly and I'd strongly urge anyone considering dumping their rubbish anywhere in the Moorlands to think again.

"Anyone witnessing incidents can report them to the district council on 0345 605 3014."

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