Henbury Parish Council have recently taken on responsibility for the maintenance of the car park and the land around it. It's the triangle of land between the bottom of Church Lane and Chelford Road.
A small team of volunteers have carried out some initial work to tidy up the edges and clear some pathways through the foliage!
Unfortunately, as part of that work, a pile of corrugated material (possibly asbestos) has been discovered at the far end of the land. It looks like a case of fly-tipping. The Parish Council will now have to pay for this to be removed, and ask residents to report any future suspicious activity in the area.
Whether you’re in an urban or rural part of Cheshire, the sight and environmental impact of illegally dumped waste is not something residents should have to endure.
And for many of the criminals who dump this waste, it is far from their worst offence. We know that sinister gangs use seemingly legitimate waste disposal companies as a cover for county lines and other serious criminal activity.
Through our Waste Crime Partnership I am working with Cheshire’s four Local Authorities, the Environment Agency, and the Constabulary on better ways to share data and target these criminals.
But with a potential fine of up to £5,000 for illegally dumped waste that can be traced back to you, residents need to be vigilant and ensure they don’t accidentally hand their waste over to criminals just because it seems convenient. That’s why the Waste Crime Partnership is encouraging residents to ask three simple questions whenever a company pops up on sites like Facebook and Nextdoor, or knocks on their door:
Any legitimate business should be able to answer these three simple questions. If they can’t then residents shouldn’t risk a potential £5,000 fine.
Please do share this through your residents’ networks and encourage them to be vigilant – By taking simple precautions we can protect our local communities and make it harder for serious criminals to operate in Cheshire.
If you have any questions about fly tipping and waste crime in Cheshire or the work of the Waste Crime Partnership then don’t hesitate to ask.