Pontypool hills blighted by 'horrendous' fly-tipping

10:16am Friday 7th March 2014

ANGER and disgust has been voiced by Pontypool councillors after a keen photographer pointed out the horrendous extent of fly-tipping which is blighting the local mountains.

Charles Whant said he was concerned and upset by the extent of dumped rubbish he discovered in the hills and forestry above Llanerch Colliery last week, while walking with friends.

This included a sofa, steel sheeting, general waste, and a washing machine.Ward Councillors Giles Davies and Gwyneira Clark visited the site last week and said they were “horrified”.

Cllr Davies said: “Fly-tipping is ruining the landscape. As a keen walker it horrifies me how the problems seem to be getting worse although official statistics show otherwise.

“You can go to a local beauty spot with fantastic views only to be confronted with fly-tipping blighting the area only a few feet away from where you’re standing, it’s so frustrating as what will visitors to the area think on their way to the heritage site.”

He said Abersychan was suffering from the actions of a minority, adding: “We can no longer afford to bury our heads in the sand, we need to start acting, our community demands it.”

Mr Whant posted some pictures online. which drew significant outcries from others.

He said: “I have already posted the images to the Pontypool Past And Present Facebook Page and they have drawn a small amount of outrage as you would expect with some people pointing the finger to the council and blaming tipping fees at refuse sites.”

A Torfaen council spokesman urged residents to contact the local authority.

He said: “This is an appalling incident of fly-tipping that not only ruins the landscape but also poses a danger to wildlife.

“It is currently being investigated and If anyone has information on this, or other incidents of people tipping rubbish illegally, we would urge them to come forward. Fly-tipping is a crime and anyone found guilty will be prosecuted.”

Report fly-tipping it to Call Torfaen on 01495 762200.

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