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Flytippers strike at Sunderland beauty spot

Coun. Stuart Porthouse (right) with Steven Marrs City Council local responce team with double glazing and door dumped in Fox Cover Lane, East Herrington, on Monday.

Coun. Stuart Porthouse (right) with Steven Marrs City Council local responce team with double glazing and door dumped in Fox Cover Lane, East Herrington, on Monday.

A FRONT door, double- glazed windows and the remnants of a Christmas tree were among the items dumped in the latest case of fly-tipping at a Wearside beauty spot.

The items were left in Foxcover Road, near Hastings Hill. The route is popular with dog-walkers, runners and cyclists but has also in recent years become a target of fly-tippers.

Sunderland City Council spent more than £850,000 on clearing and investigating cases of fly-tipping in 2012.

Councillor Stuart Porthouse, who represents the St Chad’s ward, said today: “This road is becoming a regular rat run for fly-tipping.

“Some double glazing and UVPC windows have been left, a front door with a number seven on it and there’s even the base of a Christmas tree that someone has dumped here.”

This latest case in Foxcover Road comes just over a year after barrel-loads of toxic chemicals were dumped in the same road.

Drums containing sodium hypochlorite, piping and other industrial materials were left near at the site in January 2012. The substance, an industrial-strength bleach, can cause serious burns to the skin if touched.

Coun Porthouse added that he is concerned about what the cost of clearing away the mess will be to the council, with the Echo reporting recently the authority is looking to cut £100million from its budget over the next three years.

“With resources being limited it’s putting a burden on to the city council coffers,” said Coun Porthouse.

“When you look at the fact that we have had to save millions and millions of pounds over the last few years, it’s not good that we are having to spend money on this.

He warned that those found guilty of fly-tipping can face fines of up to £50,000 and prison sentences of up to five years.

“Fly-tipping is a serious and costly anti-social activity and we need the help of local people to come forward with information to enable enforcement officers to take action against those who are responsible.”

Coun Porthouse also said he is concerned about graffiti artists tagging fences and postboxes in the East Herrington area and dog fouling, which residents have raised complaints about.

He called on residents to contact authorities if they see anyone causing damage in East Herrington. “I urge anyone with information to call the Neighbourhood Helpline 0300 1000 101, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said.

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