Toxic waste concerns for Pebblebed

PUBLISHED: 14:46 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:46 27 January 2016


Toxic waste, such as engine oil and asbestos, has been dumped on the Pebblebed Heaths recently, according to the nature conservation manager for landowner Clinton Devon Estates (CDE).

Dr Sam Bridgwater has raised the concerns after CDE announced it would look to prosecute anyone fly-tipping on their land.

He said: “All too frequently, we find a great variety of waste dumped on this much-loved conservation site.

“This spoils the natural beauty of the area and endangers visitors and wildlife.

“The type of waste we find comes from all sorts of sources, domestic as well as commercial. All of it could have been disposed of safely at council or other licensed facilities.

“Unfortunately, dealing with the consequences of fly-tipping diverts our staff and resources from important conservation work.

“Any kind of fly-tipping is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act and we will prosecute anyone dumping waste on the commons or other estate land.

“We are grateful for members of the public who have let us know of incidents in the past and I urge all those who love the commons to be vigilant and report any such incidents to the police on 101.”

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