Shipton Bellinger Flytipping scene

Local business owner, Debbie Thompson, who had a license to dispose of rubbish and also collects rubbish from local resident’s homes has appealed on social media to cut down on fly-tippers.

Tonnes of rubbish was dumped near her home in Shipton Bellinger, in which she came across the waste on July 9th.

Recently, many believe that fly-tipping is forever growing due to residents going to Facebook pages to ask for people to disregard their waste and having their waste disposed of by unlicensed holders.

Environmental portfolio holder, at Test Valley Borough Council, Cllr Alison Johnston, said: “There are many reputable and reliable waste carriers in Test Valley though unfortunately there remains a number of people who operate illegally. I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for residents to check that the person or company they are using has the relevant licences.

“Your waste is your responsibility and if you end up using someone who goes on to fly-tip your rubbish then it will be your door we will be knocking on. Anyone can check if a waste carrier is correctly licensed on the Environment Agency’s website. It takes two minutes and could potentially save you from a fine, a day in court and a criminal record.”

Debbie Thompson and her company, Local House Clearance Company, cleared up the mess, free of charge.