Test Valley Borough Council is calling for witnesses following a spate of fly-tipping incidents in Roman Road, Broughton, and parts of West Tytherley on several separate occasions since January this year.
The fly-tipped loads have been left in the same type of builders’ bags and chemical drums on each occasion. The council is keen to hear from anyone who might have witnessed the fly-tipping incidents, or knows of any local businesses that have recently disposed of a large amount of asbestos.
Environmental Portfolio Holder, Councillor Graham Stallard, said: “Asbestos is a very dangerous substance which releases cancer-causing fibres into the air when damaged. I am hopeful that someone might have seen one or more of these incidents taking place, or a vehicle carrying the substance prior to it being dumped. Fly-tipping is illegal and dangerous, and asbestos requires a specialist contractor to remove it which also makes it expensive to clear up.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information they think might help to identify the culprits is asked to contact the Council’s Environmental Service on 01264 368000. Any communication will be treated in strict confidence.
All reported fly-tipping incidents are investigated to help identify and prosecute those responsible. Maximum penalties for those found guilty of fly-tipping include imprisonment and a fine of up to £50,000.