‘A costly menace that leaves a nasty blot on our lovely landscape’: Hemel’s flytippers are back

Flytipping next to the Nickey Line in Redbourn
Flytipping next to the Nickey Line in Redbourn

Hemel Hempstead’s flytippers have struck again – and this time they have blocked an entrance to the scenic Nickey Line with a big mound of rubbish.

The litter – which includes an abandoned toilet – was spotted just off Hemel Hempstead Road in Redbourn, next to Flowers Farm, yesterday.

A walker – who asked not to be identified after receiving abuse on Facebook in the past about her flytipping posts – sent this website a photo of the mess.

She said: “As you can see all this is builder’s rubbish is just like all the other rubbish that is being dumped all around all the lanes.

“If you take a close look at all the items in all these piles of rubbish, it looks as though just the one group of people are doing it.”

The litterbugs left another pile of rubbish in rural Gaddesden Lane, Redbourn, about two weeks ago – but this has since been removed. That dumping site was one the other side of the Hemel Hempstead Road less than half a mile away.

Previously this website has reported on flytipping in rural Holtsmere End Lane and Cupid Green Lane – both in the Hemel Hempstead area.

It is thought that the litterbugs could now be targeting nearby Redbourn, which falls within the area of flytipping authority St Albans District Council, after Dacorum Borough Council started catching on to their dumping patterns

The Nickey Line footpath has passed between Hemel Hempstead and Harpenden – on the site of the former railway line between the two towns – since 1985. The railway line was closed in stages from 1960.

St Albans District Council says the mess at the entrance to the Nickey Line will be cleared away by contractors within the next few days.

The authority’s head of community services Richard Shwe said: “We will be looking at the waste to see if there is any evidence indicating who may have dumped it.

“It’s a costly menace that leaves a nasty blot on our lovely landscape.

“Please make sure you take your waste to a local authority waste disposal site, or if you run a business use a waste carrier registered with the Environment Agency.

“You are responsible for what happens to your waste even after it has left your premises. You could be fined up to £50,000 or go to prison for up to five years if the waste is dumped.

“If you spot anyone dumping rubbish, please make a note of their vehicle details. A photo could give us the evidence we need to prosecute.

“We are very grateful to people who help us with this problem by telling us about it when they see it.

“To report fly tipping please contact 01727 819598 or email a.cleanerdistrict@stalbans.gov.uk.”