Residents furious after fly-tip outside Welwyn Cemetery

PUBLISHED: 10:39 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:39 11 June 2018

The fly-tip near Welwyn Cemetery. Picture: Sharon Tasker.

The fly-tip near Welwyn Cemetery. Picture: Sharon Tasker.

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Welwyn residents have been left disgusted after fly-tippers once again targeted the village's cemetery.

What appears to be a barbecue, furniture and garden waste was dumped by Welwyn Cemetery’s gates in Fulling Mill Lane on Wednesday, June 6.

Several residents vented their fury on social media – pointing to how it has become a hotspot for fly-tippers because it is rural, lacks CCTV and has easy access.

Villager Don Wilsmore, 64, said: “My parents are buried in the cemetery, as are a lot of the old Welwyn villagers, and I find it disrespectful of these fly tippers.

“It is a sign of the times and is going on all around the country – I don’t really know how councils can deal with this problem.

“For those who are caught, I think the fines from the courts should be high – it’s the only way to deter them – with repeat offenders getting a custodial sentence.”

Sharon Tasker, whose mum and mother-in-law are buried there, branded the perpetrators “completely disrespectful”.

“Fly-tipping is a real problem at the cemetery and other local areas,” she added.

“The gates were locked some time ago due to rubbish being dumped inside the grounds – now it’s just left on the drive.

“The parish council needs to look into installing cctv. It’s very sad when you’re visiting the cemetery to have to see this.”

Welwyn Parish Council, which owns the land, “This issue is to be discussed by the Leisure and Facilities Open Spaces Committee – responsible for managing the cemetery – at their next meeting on 9th July 2018.”

The council said there had been “one or two” fly-tipping incidents at the cemetery over the years, adding that along with police and other local authorities it is working to ensure any information regarding offenders is passed on.

A borough council spokeswoman said: “We are working with colleagues throughout Hertfordshire as part of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group to help reduce the number of fly-tipping incidents across the county.

“The most recent campaign, launched in March, encourages residents and businesses to follow the S.C.R.A.P. code, which provides a check list to follow when arranging one off collections. For more information visit: http://hertfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping.

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