When will the flytipping ever end? Now litterbugs have blocked ANOTHER countryside lane

Flytipping in Punchbowl Lane, Hemel Hempstead
Flytipping in Punchbowl Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Flytippers dumping trash in the countryside have blocked a rural lane for the second time in less than a month.

Previously, this website reported that the litterbugs had created a major hazard for drivers in the road Little Revel End, just outside of Woodhall Farm

They also targeted nearby Holtsmere End Lane on that occasion.

Now they have dumped their trash in the middle of Punchbowl Lane, which runs between the Redbourn Road to St Albans and Hemel Hempstead’s Maylands Industrial Estate.

There is now no way for motorists to drive down the street.

David Cuffe, who sent us a photo of the mess, said: “There are police ‘road closed’ signs on the road.

“The council do a good job of clearing this road as soon as rubbish has been dumped there.

“This is the second time in a year people have flytipped and blocked the whole road. There is always rubbish dumped in the passing lay-bys.

“Last year there were a large amount of tyres dumped in the ditch – 50 plus – so must be a local business doing this.”

Dacorum Borough Council is responsible for clearing away flytipped rubbish and prosecuting the people who dump it.

Environmental health team leader Nick Egerton previously said: “Our enforcement team will visit and assess each report of fly tipping within the borough.

“This includes flytipping on land that is not owned by Dacorum Borough Council.

“The officers will gather any evidence to identify the source of the waste or any vehicles that are witnessed to be involved.

“Any person found to be responsible for either flytipping or related duty of care offences will be prosecuted.”

He said the maximum penalty for flytipping is a fine of up to £50,000 and a year in prison.


Ringway, which looks after the highway services contract for Herts County Council, says the rubbish was first reported just after 9.20pm on Thursday. Ringway had removed the rubbish by 2.50pm yesterday.

A spokesman said: “We have a 24-hour response target to flytipping on the carriageway.”