Angry residents want litter action

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A VILLAGE has been the victim of a three year littering campaign where torn up papers have repeatedly been thrown into hedges.

People living in the village of Micklebring have had to start collecting the litter dumped along Greaves Syke Lane themselves because the rubbish is being dumped there so regularly - and one even broke his pelvis after being involved in an accident on the way back.

Fed up residents claim entire copies of newspapers are being torn up and flung into the bushes several times a week, and that the situation has been going on for around three years.

And now they are appealing for anyone with information on who is littering to come forward, so they can be stopped.

Christine Walsh, 70, told the Free Press: “We are so fed up of this now, it is beyond a joke.

“It has been going on for years and years.

“It is just very annoying.”

The papers were last dumped on Tuesday and the littering happened twice last week - and the papers being thrown often date back several weeks or months.

The villagers have contacted Doncaster Council about the issue, and they have sent out people to clean the area on a number of occasions.

Gill Gillies, Assistant Director for Environment at Doncaster Council, said: “Doncaster Council has a zero tolerance policy on littering and fly-tipping. It is anti-social behaviour which costs the borough’s council taxpayers £3 million each year to clean up.

“Now that we have been alerted to the frequency of this problem at Micklebring our officers will be patrolling the area and if any person is witnessed littering then they will be issued with a fixed penalty fine of £75.

“If these fines are not paid within 14 days then the courts can hand out penalties of up to £2500 plus costs to the Council for bringing the case.

“Doncaster Council issues over 200 fixed penalty fines every month for littering, including for litter thrown out of moving vehicles.

“In the past three months fines and costs totalling more than £19,000 have been ordered by the courts for littering in Doncaster. Anyone with information regarding these incidents then please contact the Council’s FLAG hotline on 01302 736000.”