Published May 25, 2021 at 9:42
Rossendale Council have this month launched Operation Trident in their fight against the growth of fly tipping across the borough.
The operation will coordinate a three pronged approach of Education, Enforcement and Removal and aims to hold to account those responsible.
One of Operation Trident’s first enquiries saw enforcement officers conduct enquiries on an incident which occurred on 15th May and which was captured on video by a witness.
Two men in a white Vauxhall Combo van were seen dumping items of furniture on Hutch Bank Road, Haslingden, near to the quarry entrance.
A witness captured the incident on video and on 24th May the vehicle owner was interviewed under caution.
Following the interview, a 20 year old man from Edenfield was issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice.
Councillor Steve Hughes, Cabinet member for Communities said: “Operation Trident has allowed us to step up enforcement to tackle incidents such as these quickly and effectively and the help provided by the general public in reporting these incidents is also crucial.
“We won’t hesitate to issue fixed penalties where we find evidence of illegal dumping and urge people to ensure that they are correctly and legally disposing of their rubbish. We want to deter people from dumping their rubbish illegally and hope that swift action such as this will make them think twice.
“Rossendale Council takes issues like this that blight our communities very seriously and we’re committed to delivering a cleaner and greener borough.”
Rossendale receives over 900 reports a year of fly tipping across the Borough which costs the council around £40,000 a year.