Flytipping ‘nightmare’ on Welwyn Garden City lane

PUBLISHED: 11:03 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:03 02 August 2018

Head bailiff Brian Armstrong with the latest flytip on Holwell Hyde Lane. Picture: DANNY LOO

Head bailiff Brian Armstrong with the latest flytip on Holwell Hyde Lane. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Frustrated anglers are concerned that flytipping is getting out of hand on a lane near their Welwyn Garden City lake.

The flytip reported by head bailiff Brian Armstrong on Holwell Hyde Lane. Picture: DANNY LOOThe flytip reported by head bailiff Brian Armstrong on Holwell Hyde Lane. Picture: DANNY LOO

Last week another pile of rubbish, including an old sofa, was dumped in Holwell Hyde Lane on land owned by Herts County Council.

It adds to a number of flytips already in that area, which often end up being set alight a few days later.

Concerns have been raised for nearby farmland should a fire spread, with firefighters already having tackled a nearby grass fire off the lane in July.

Holwell Hyde Lake’s head bailiff Brian Armstrong said: “We had a flytip down here about a week and a half ago and then the bigger flytip we think was on Monday (July 23).

The flytip reported by head bailiff Brian Armstrong on Holwell Hyde Lane. Picture: DANNY LOOThe flytip reported by head bailiff Brian Armstrong on Holwell Hyde Lane. Picture: DANNY LOO

“Something like this should be cleared up the next day.

“It’s a health hazard.

“Whenever there’s a flytip, it then gets set alight.

“It’s a constant worry.

A burned part of the flytip reported by head bailiff Brian Armstrong on Holwell Hyde Lane. Picture: DANNY LOOA burned part of the flytip reported by head bailiff Brian Armstrong on Holwell Hyde Lane. Picture: DANNY LOO

“It happens all the way up this lane.

“It’s a nightmare.”

Welwyn Garden City Angling Club member Mr Armstrong, who is a plumber by trade, said the club is already using CCTV around the lake to protect against flytipping and there are plans to install more cameras.

The 60-year-old Welwyn Garden City resident added: “When you come down here, every day you expect to find more flytipping.

A burned part of the flytip reported by head bailiff Brian Armstrong on Holwell Hyde Lane. Picture: DANNY LOOA burned part of the flytip reported by head bailiff Brian Armstrong on Holwell Hyde Lane. Picture: DANNY LOO

“I think the people who do this should be locked up for 10 years minimum.

“I seem to spend my life picking up litter.”

A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokesman said: “The flytip on Holwell Hyde Lane was reported to us on Wednesday, July 25, and we informed the landowner, Herts County Council, as they are responsible for clearing it.

“When a flytip is on our land, the council endeavours to clear them within 72 hours of being reported to us.”

A Herts County Council spokesman said: “Holwell Hyde Lane has been suffering ongoing flytipping issues.

“It is always disappointing when the activity of a minority creates a blight on the attractive countryside of Hertfordshire.

“Dealing with this type of incident also places an unnecessary strain on already stretched public service budgets. We are working closely with Welwyn Hatfield Council and a private contractor to arrange for its removal and hope this will be achieved soon.”

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