New gate to stop fly-tipping at popular walking spot in Rushden

It follows a series of fly-tipping incidents on a spur road just off a roundabout on the A6 in Rushden

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 11:19 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 11:22 am
The new gate

A new gate has been installed on a spur road off a roundabout on the A6 in Rushden to prevent criminals from dumping waste illegally.

In August 2020, following a series of fly-tipping incidents at this spot, officers from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC), alongside FCC Environment, Northamptonshire Highways and the local farmer, met to decide the best way forward and it was decided that a permanent solution was needed to prevent further crime.

The spur road off the A6 roundabout, opposite John Clark Way, is adjacent to farmland and provides a public footpath for walkers through the fields.

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An example of fly-tipping at this popular walking spot in Rushden

It is regularly used by dog walkers, but has been abused by criminals dumping their waste with several incidents throughout 2020.

A gate has now been installed on the spur road and since it has been in place, there has been no further instances of fly-tipping.

Cllr Steven North, leader of ENC, said: “As a council, we take fly-tipping seriously and this recent project is a prime example of the waste team working hard with partners to prevent future fly-tipping.

“We are extremely grateful to FCC Environment, Pells, the local farmer and our colleagues at Northamptonshire Highways for their help on this project and are so pleased that this simple solution has prevented waste being illegally dumped along this particular part of the district.”

The A6 spur road which had been blighted with fly-tipping

Anyone who spots fly-tipping in East Northamptonshire can report offences online here or by calling 01832 742026.

To dispose of unwanted waste responsibly, residents of East Northamptonshire can use the council’s bulky waste collection service.

To find out more, click here.

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