Sheffield residents’ fly-tipping fury

Residents Malcolm Humberstone, Tom Pyewall, Michael Keith and Coun Sioned-Mair Richards with some of the rubbish dumped by fly-tippers
Residents Malcolm Humberstone, Tom Pyewall, Michael Keith and Coun Sioned-Mair Richards with some of the rubbish dumped by fly-tippers
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Illegal dumpers are causing a ‘horrendous’ nuisance in a Sheffield community, residents have claimed.

They say as one pile of rubbish is removed after a complaint to Sheffield Council, another springs up.

Michael Keith, aged 75, of Grimesthorpe, said: “It’s horrendous. I have complained to the council about waste three or four times recently and as soon as they come out and remove it, there are more incidents.

“There is building material, tiles and rubble - plus bags of rubbish.”

Mr Keith, a retired Royal Mail delivery driver, said: “You see it outside allotments, near garages and on open space. It really is terrible and something needs to be done about it.”

Mr Keith and other residents, Malcolm Humberstone and Tim Pyewall, have complained to Shiregreen and Brightside Labour councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, who is raising the issue with council chiefs.

Sheffield Council has urged residents with concerns about fly-tipping to report each incident so it can be dealt with and so hotspots for the problem can be determined.

The authority has powers to use surveillance equipment in areas fly-tipping is known to be a problem.

Concern about dumping in Grimesthorpe follows problems reported at Darnall and the former Ski Village at Parkwood Springs.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “We can only act if the fly-tipping is reported.

“But we can’t do it all and we need as much help and community intelligence as possible.

“We will trace and prosecute those who contribute to the spoiling of our city.”

To report fly-tipping, call the council on 0114 203 7410.