Smashed glass left at flytipping hotspot on route of Women’s Tour in Northamptonshire

Some of the smashed glass left behind by flytippers.
Some of the smashed glass left behind by flytippers.

A man who lives near Desborough says Kettering Council should be doing more to prevent offenders from flytipping after smashed glass was left on a country road.

The resident, who does not wish to be named, found what he described as a “a greenhouse that had been taken to bits” on the road connecting both Harrington and Thorpe Underwood to Desborough.

He says it is a known hotspot – and Kettering Council should be doing more to stop it happening in the first place.

He said: “The kids are on holiday and a lot of people go cycling around here. It’s even on the Women’s Tour route.

“It’s a known hotspot and there’s lots of glass but the council should use hidden devices or cameras.

“They put signs up but rather than deter people that makes them leave more rubbish here.

“I can’t believe someone would do that on a country lane, it looks like someone has taken a greenhouse to bits.

“I’ve seen people doing it in broad daylight from a distance.

“I’ve tried to get through to Kettering Council but never can.”

Kettering Council recently fined two people after flytipped waste was found in Geddington and Stoke Albany.

A Kettering Council spokesman said: “Flytipping costs the local authority thousands of pounds each year, and Kettering Council endeavours to track down and catch flytippers whenever it can.

“Unless offenders are seen flytipping, or evidence identifying the perpetrators is left within the flytip, it can be more difficult to bring offenders to task.

“More recently, Kettering Council has brought in state-of-the-art software to help catch flytipping offenders.

“The new software will help investigators analyse and link incidents more effectively, with the ultimate aim of tracking down persistent criminals.

“This is part of the council’s determination to tackle waste crime, and make life difficult for those who blight our towns, villages and countryside.

“The environmental enforcement team will also be focusing more on the most affected areas and using all the tools in their armory to deter and catch offenders.

“In recent months Kettering Council has had some significant successes and issued two fixed penalty notices for separate flytip incidents.

“We always encourage members of the public to report any flytipping incidents to us and, when they see illegal disposal of waste occurring, pass descriptions and details on to our environmental enforcement team, so that a thorough investigation can be undertaken and the waste removed as soon as possible.

“Kettering Council can be contacted on 01536 410333.

“We can confirm that the Women’s Tour route will be checked prior to the race, to make sure flytipping incidents do not pose a risk to the success of the event.”