Barrow Council Enforcement Team investigate Walney fly-tipping

The Barrow Borough Council Streetcare Enforcement Team have launched an investigation after a large amount of garden waste was dumped near Walney beach. 

At the end of Teasdale Road in Barrow, there is a path that leads down to the beach, and on this path a fly-tipper has dumped tree cuttings, grass cuttings, plant pots, etc. This debris has also ended up in the channel, now causing pollution to the local environment. 

This area is a special area of conservation, a site of scientific interest and also a special protected area. 

Investigating and cleaning up fly-tipping has to be paid for - the costs are covered by residents through Council Tax. 

Nic Chirstofides, Enforcement Officer for Barrow Borough Council said: "We received a report from a member of public that garden waste had been fly-tipped near and in the Walney channel, at the end of Teasdale Road.

"We are now investigating this report and we will pursue to find the culprit.

"We are asking the public to report any fly-tipping throughout the Borough and especially if they have any information which may lead to a prosecution. 

"Anyone identified as having fly-tipped either in this area or elsewhere within the Barrow Borough Council domain, will be interviewed under caution with a view to instigate legal proceedings. The penalties could be as high as £50,000 fine or two years in prison.  

"If anyone has any details of this incident or other reports of fly-tipping, please get in touch with us on 01229 846543 or by using the online form."

Where can i dispose of my Garden Waste?

Residents wishing to dispose of Garden Waste correctly, can sign up to the Garden Waste Club, or use the local FREE Household Waste Recycling Centre on Walney Road in Barrow, which is open from 8am - 6pm, 7 days a week.

If you drive a van, pickup, flatbed or tow a twin axle trailer (up to 3m long) you will need to obtain a free permit in advance of your visit.

Fines could be imposed on people - without them being taken to court - if their rubbish ends up being illegally disposed of. 

Householders who employ tradesmen to carry out work on their house should check that the waste produced is to be handled in a responsible and legal manner.

If you hire builders, kitchen fitters, window fitters, gardeners, plumbers etc. who take waste away from your house, these contractors must have a Waste Carrier’s Licence. You should ask for their waste carrier number and to check its validity before engaging them.
On occasion rubbish can end up being fly tipped. If that’s the case, not only will the contractor be prosecuted, but the householder can be fined for failing to ensure that the waste was passed on to an authorised person.
The Environmental Health Department and the Environment Agency both offer the same advice; if your contractor says he will remove the rubbish and he is not registered, don’t employ him: engage someone who is.
As well as its regular programme of visiting all businesses and checking their trade waste documentation, Environmental Health Officers who are out and about in the Borough and who see contractors carrying out work check on waste arrangements.
If you have internet access you can check for yourself whether your contractor has a Waste Carrier’s Licence; go to and follow the ‘waste’ links.
You can ring the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 and ask for a Waste Carrier Validation Check.


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