Wiltshire flytipping problem worsens

Wiltshire flytipping problem worsens

Published by Mike Draper with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Julia Corbett at 5:49am 9th August 2019.

A discarded plaster caste for a broken arm is one of the unbelievable pieces of rubbish found in piles of waste dumped in our local countryside.

  • This summer has already seen more incidents of flytipping being reported to Wiltshire Council
  • In the space of just 48 hours three flytipping incidents have been reported online


Dan Mercer, a farmer who rents land from the MOD,  discovered the most recent dump of rubbish:

"We've seen a lot more garden waste being dumped and TVs and flytipping in general going up since Everleigh closed. It's about a mile and a half away from here so people don't want to drive to Marlborough or Devizes."

"There is more flytipping going on over the summer months.

"This last lot looks like a tipped truck has just gone along and dumped it there. I have reported it to Wiltshire Council but they say because it is a private land they don't have to clean it up. The MOD have now cleared it but every time it happens it costs them money. It costs other farmers money too."


A pile of flytipped rubbish, including a fridge freezer, matresses and a sofa, completely blocks Windwhistle Road at West Grimstead.
BLIGHT: A previous flytipping incident left Windwhistle Road at West Grimstead blocked by a fridge freezer, matresses and a sofa.


  • This has been the third time in the last few weeks that rubbish has been cleared from the private track off Chicks Lane of the A342
  • A sofa was dumped in woodland area near Woodborough, sparking more concerns that people were using unlicensed people to get rid of old furniture

Hannah Mcburney took to social media to say:

"This has all started happening after the Everleigh tip closed because people can't be bothered to travel up to other recycling centres."

Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for waste, said:

"My message to selfish, anti-social people who dump their rubbish for others to clear up is simple: we will catch you and fine you."

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