A BUSINESS has been left with a clear-up job after its car park was used as a dumping ground.
The grounds of Abco-Anderson on Seaham Grange Industrial Estate have become a target for fly-tippers in recent weeks.
In the latest night-time incident, a truck backed in and left rubbish including doors, a sofa, punchbags, tins of paint and chairs.
But the drink supply firm says it is furious at the response from Durham County Council, which has cleared away rubbish in the past but now says it will not because it is private land.
Managing director Stewart Anderson said: “I pay £10,000 a year in rates, and what is it for? They don’t do a single thing. This stuff that’s been dumped, it’s almost an entire garage of stuff.”
The last incident was captured on CCTV, and a video tape featuring family events has been found among the rubbish and could help reveal who the waste belongs to.
The firm is talking to its landlord about fencing in the site.
Dave Riseley, the council’s education and enforcement manager, said: “It is the responsibility of the landowner to remove fly-tipping from private land. However, we try to work with local businesses affected by fly-tipping, and on occasion we remove material from private land at our expense.”
He added that it investigated reports of fly-tipping and would patrol the area.