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Call for action over fly-tipping `scourge'.

Byline: By Hazel Ettienne

Fly-tipping is the "scourge of Yorkshire's countryside", say landowners.

They are calling for Government action to clean up tons of rubbish dumped illegally in England's beauty spots.

Farmers and landowners say they are spending thousands of pounds cleaning up dumped rubbish on their land.

A survey by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) said a third of landowners had a weekly problem with dumped goods.

Building rubble topped the list, with fridges, freezers, sofas and mattresses following on.

CLA Yorkshire director Dorothy Fairburn said the survey showed the need for a fuller investigation and some new solutions.

"Everyone who responded to the survey knew of a beauty spot ruined and all gave details of how fly-tipping had affected their property, in some cases on a daily basis," said Ms Fairburn.

In March, Kirklees Council environmental staff said they were considering putting spy cameras at fly-tipping blackspots in a bid to catch the culprits.

A newly-formed environmental enforcement team is monitoring the worst-hit areas.

They include Moll Springs and Hagg Wood, near Honley, and Harrison Lane at Meltham.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 19, 2004
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