Mendip Council will close two lanes in a bid to prevent illegal dumping of waste at a notorious fly-tipping hotspot near Frome.
Criminals regularly dump waste illegally around the Gypsy Lane, Berkley Lane and Dark Lane areas of Berkley, just outside Frome, causing an ugly blight on the countryside.
Mendip is to introduce an 18-month temporary road closure of Berkley Lane, from the north side of the Pines Residential Site to a point just before the railway bridge before Berkley village. The closure also includes Dark Lane, along its entire length to the junction of Pot Lane.
Meanwhile, Enforcement Officers will strengthen their patrols in a bid to capture evidence which can lead to successful prosecutions.
Donna Nolan, Corporate Manager for Governance, Assets and Public Spaces, said: “Fly-tipping has blighted this area of the district for too long and we want to make it as difficult as possible for criminals to continue illegally dumping rubbish at this site.
“We do need help from the public. To contact the council to report fly-tipping call 0300 303 8588. You can also firstname.lastname@example.org or report directly online – www.mendip.gov.uk/streetclean”
Somerset Waste Partnership operates a number of Household Recycling Centres across Mendip and also offers a collection service for ‘bulky waste’, such as fridges/freezers, tables, chairs, beds and sofas.
Donna Nolan added: “Local people can help us combat fly-tipping by ensuring that if they are paying a contractor or a ‘man with a van’ to take away their rubbish they ask to see the contractor’s Waste Carrier Licence, to ensure the rubbish will be disposed of correctly. You have a legal duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure a licensed waste carrier removes your waste or you risk ending up in court with a criminal record and a fine of up to £5,000.”