Beauty spot blighted by piles of rubbish

Waste near Hebden Bridge beauty spot Harcastle Crags

Waste near Hebden Bridge beauty spot Harcastle Crags

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Fears over fly-tipping have been allayed after Calderdale Council investigated a complaint about rubbish in a part of the town.

A rambler claimed land near the beauty spot of Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, had been became an eyesore after rubbish was left there.

But the council says that they are unable to take action under fly-tipping legislation at this time as the land is not publically owned and the items on the site related to private gardening work.

Walker Stuart Andrews, of Greetland, said the problem has been going on for months.

“I walk around there regularly, I like Hebden Bridge and it’s a very beautiful place. There’s rubbish and it’s becoming an eyesore,” Mr Andrews, aged 78, added.

“A lot of people have no pride in the country. It’s a blight in a beautiful spot.

“I think we need a massive education programme to stop people dropping their litter, people who do it have no pride in the country.

“It’s a path well used by ramblers and people coming from outside are seeing it,” he said.

Despite being unable to take action in this case, the council said it took reports of fly-tipping seriously and take action to stop the nuisance.

New legislation means the council can now crack down on fly-tipping by having the power to stop, search and seize vehicles suspsected of waste crime.