Flytippers dump piles in New Forest and Christchurch
FLYTIPPERS have been slammed for two dumps of rubbish discovered in the New Forest and Christchurch during the Easter weekend.
Livestock could have been harmed, Forestry England (FE) warned, after staff had to clear a haul of construction waste near Longcross, off Furzley Lane in Lyndhurst, and a soiled mattress was found in Ambury Lane, Burton.
FE was alerted on Saturday to the Longcross flytip, which included paint tins, piping, wooden boards and a set of metal steps.
A spokesperson for the agency said the waste “posed a real threat to Forest animals if eaten”. It was removed at a cost of £78.
“The cost of clearing an increase in waste is a significant drain on our budget,” the spokesperson said.
“Unfortunately, the actions of a few people mean that many of our staff use up a great deal of time clearing debris and litter when they could be carrying out vital conservation work and helping to care for the New Forest.”
The Ambury Lane flytip, which also included a table football game and an office swivel chair, was reported to BCP Council on Saturday. Workers attended on Tuesday to collect the waste.
The council warned it took reports of flytipping very seriously and will prosecute anyone caught illegally dumping waste on public land.
A BCP Council spokesperson said: “We are committed to protecting and enhancing our natural environment and we’re addressing the issue of litter across our conurbation through our Cleaner, Greener, Safer campaign that aims to bring back a sense of pride to our area.”
People are urged to report such offences online at bcpcouncil.gov.uk/report