Selfish fly-tippers slammed by MP ‘Have some respect - why should others have to pick up your rubbish?’
People who have dumped waste in our back streets and across our beautiful countryside during the coronavirus pandemic have been slammed by Keighley and Ilkley MP for burdening the local authority during these tough times.
Robbie Moore MP has sounded a warning to fly-tippers after his office has been inundated with correspondence from residents across the constituency reporting problems with fly-tipping.
Many local beauty spots have seen waste being dumped on a commercial scale and this has included field gateways, country lanes, parks and some quieter back streets.
“Enough is enough” says Mr Moore, slamming the fly-tippers by saying “have some respect for the hardworking individuals who have to come along and clean up your mess.”
The Conservative MP added: “The fact that our local refuse centres are closed at the moment is no excuse to go on dumping your waste on other people’s property or down back streets, with the expectation that it is then someone else’s problem. It angers me that these criminals - and that is exactly what they are - feel it is totally acceptable to do this.
“We are lucky to have the most beautiful countryside around us, and our towns, villages and hamlets are all supported by brilliant communities. Why should others have to put up with looking at the rubbish you don’t want in your home? It is also harmful to our environment and wildlife.
“Our domestic refuse collectors are working exceptionally hard at the moment during these tough times and I can’t thank them enough for all their continued efforts. I have asked Bradford Council to look at opening refuse sites where it is possible to do so, but in the meantime, any fly-tipping is wholly unacceptable. Local authorities are under enough pressure as it is without having to deal with dumped waste as well.”
Fines of up to £50,000 and 12 months in prison can be handed out by magistrates’ courts for fly tipping, however these penalties are rare.