‘Disgust’ as rubbish strewn across popular park by fly-tippers

A councillor has said he is “disgusted and disappointed” after waking to find rubbish dumped on a popular Nottinghamshire park.

Dave Hennigan, who represents Central Sutton and New Cross on Ashfield District Council, says he was “barely awake” when contacted by a resident regarding the fly-tipping on Sutton Lawn.

It has been described as the “worst I’ve seen”, on the park, with the waste strewn across The Lawn at its path near Garsen Lane.

Council officials were out on Friday (October 2) to clear the waste, while a warning has been issued to people considering fly-tipping in Ashfield.

Speaking on the dumping, independent councillor Mr Hennigan has hit out at the “selfish few” who are ‘spoiling’ the park.

“I am disgusted and disappointed that the small minority of residents are continually fly-tipping on our beautiful lawn,” he told Nottinghamshire Live.

“This was the worst I’ve seen in my time as a councillor.

“I was barely awake before a resident rang – as it was near my house I popped out with my brew to get photos.

“I asked the council to act on this urgently and have requested that it’s checked for evidence of who is responsible.

“We won’t let the selfish few spoil our park for others.”

The dumped rubbish is not the first major fly-tip in the wider Sutton-in-Ashfield area this year.

Council bosses hit out at the “worst ever” incident when a huge industrial-size load was dumped near Brierley Forest Park in Huthwaite in April.

The incident sparked calls for recycling centres to reopen at the height of lockdown.

Following the Sutton Lawn incident on Friday, Ashfield District Council’s environmental team visited the site when contacted by Councillor Hennigan.

After the rubbish was cleared, environmental bosses at the authority issued a message saying they will “come down hard” on those who are “blighting our communities”.

Councillor David Martin, cabinet member for environment and waste on the council, said: “The council’s environment team were alerted to a fly tip on Sutton Lawn this morning.

“Our environmental enforcement officer has attended the site to investigate and gather evidence, and the waste has been be cleared.

“All fly-tips in the district are investigated and any evidence found is used to help prosecute those responsible.

“The council has run three free waste collection campaigns this year, we are committed to keeping the district a clean place to live and fly-tipping of any kind won’t be tolerated.

“It is your responsibility to dispose of your waste legally, if you pay someone to collect your waste ensure you check they have the correct licence.

“We have put measures in place to reduce fly-tipping in the district and will continue to come down hard on those that think blighting our communities with their waste is acceptable.”


Nottinghamshire Live – Local News