Flytippers warned after Watermead recycling area becomes strewn with rubbish including TV and mattresses

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Flytippers who target an estate’s recycling bins have been warned they face prosecution and fines of up to £1,500.

The recycling area near the picturesque Watermead Inn has increasingly become an eyesore with people dumping rubbish including TVs and mattresses.

But now Watermead Parish Council has said that even though the bins are on private land, it can still take action.

Councillor Eric Rose said: “Most residents value the recycling area and use the bins properly but increasingly we are finding rubbish left on the ground. This creates both an eyesore and a health hazard. “

“Sometimes it is things like large cardboard boxes that people can’t be bothered to break up and put in the relevant bin but in recent weeks there has also been blatant fly-tipping with old mattresses, a television and plastic sacks of rubbish.”

Parish Clerk Noreen Shardlow added: “It had been assumed that as the recycling bins are on a privately owned car park the parish council couldn’t take action but we have checked the wording of the Environment Protection Act 1990 and it is clear that as the public have access to this area we can prosecute.”

At its November meeting the council resolved to take action. It has already sent a warning letter to a local firm which was leaving cardboard boxes on the ground.