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Fly-tippers block Pennington Lane in Stansted with waste and cost Uttlesford taxpayers around £3,000

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Two lorryloads of commercial waste were dumped in Stansted’s Pennington Lane in what Uttlesford District Council (UDC) described as a “staggering fly-tipping offence”.

The mounds of wood, bricks and rubble were discovered on Wednesday January 15 and blocked the narrow road – which runs parallel with the B1383 Cambridge Road – resulting in it having to be closed for several days. Heavy rain led to floodwater collecting at the site.

Residents and councillors were appalled by the blatant act, which has cost taxpayers around £3,000 to clear up.

Piles of rubbish block Pennington Lane (27137503)
Piles of rubbish block Pennington Lane (27137503)

Villager Ray Woodcock – who took photos of the waste, which looked like it came from a building site – said that this was the second time that the designated ‘Quiet Lane’ had been targeted.

UDC’s enforcement team, which cleared the site over the weekend, is investigating the incident and is urging anyone who saw anything or who has any information to contact them. “We are keen to find out where this has come from and who dumped it,” said a spokesman.

Mr Woodcock said: “This is the second major illegal dumping of builders’ rubbish in Pennington Lane in the past two years. It's always done during the early hours of morning and within about 50 metres of the junction with Cambridge Road, enabling these criminals easy and quick access to Cambridge Road.”

The piles of builders' waste in Pennington Lane (27178383)
The piles of builders' waste in Pennington Lane (27178383)

“If some very generous person would donate the money to have a CCTV camera fitted to a tall post to monitor part of this road 24/7 to provide any future evidence of this illegal dumping, then the police will have the evidence they need to prosecute.

"This cost, caused by criminals, to us taxpayers is appalling and emphasises that this and the dumping in Pennington Lane about two years ago has cost us over £6,000."

Stansted district and parish councillor Geoffrey Sell said that fly-tipping was unfortunately an all-too-common problem and, with increased costs involved in properly disposing of commercial waste, some were tempted to dump their rubbish anywhere.

“It is an appalling offence because it despoils the countryside, it causes UDC to devote quite a lot of time clearing it up, which is a costly exercise, and it creates an obstruction.

The piles of builders' waste in Pennington Lane (27178385)
The piles of builders' waste in Pennington Lane (27178385)

“But the council will check through the waste to see if there's any evidence of who was getting rid of it; that is routine, then we can prosecute. I certainly hope they're able to establish who the people were dumping it so they can take appropriate action.”

Anyone with information should email enforcement@uttlesford.gov.uk or call 01799 510594.

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