Flytippers dump rubbish at Sunderland beauty spot

Flytippers have been condemned after dumping rubbish at a Sunderland beauty spot.

Friday, 10th April 2020, 6:00 am

Echo reader Steve Tobbell spotted this scene at Ryhope Dene while out for this daily excercise during the coronavirus lockdown.

“I’ve been exercising daily along the cliff tops from Grangetown to Seaham,” he said.

“I have lived close by for more than 30 years and until now never knew how beautiful our coastline is.“Fly tipping is an absolute disgrace. I want to get involved to stop this blur on our local landscape and make entering Sunderland by train more appealing.

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Flytipping at Ryhope Dene

“It is recent and is clearly a builder who is not adhering to waste disposal rules.”

The Echo launched its Clean Streets campaign in December 2017 in response to readers’ concerns about the cleanliness of public spaces across Sunderland.

Supported by Sunderland City Council, the campaign calls on the public to take pride in their community, and report any incidents of fly-tipping and littering.

The Echo launched our Clean Streets campaign to highlight the problem of littering and flytipping

Councillor Amy Wilson, the city council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "It's totally unacceptable that anyone should think it's okay to dump their waste in a beauty spot rather than dispose of it responsibly.

“In this particular case the land is private land so we have reported it the landowners for removal.

“We would encourage anyone who sees this type of irresponsible behaviour to report it to our environmental services team so that action can be taken against those to blame."You can report fly-tipping and litter to the council at or by ringing (0191) 5205550.

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