'Look out for fly-tippers'

RESIDENTS in Barrow Gurney are being urged to keep their eyes open for fly-tippers - following a rise in rubbish being dumped in the village

RESIDENTS in Barrow Gurney are being urged to keep their eyes open for fly-tippers - following a rise in rubbish being dumped in the village.The appeal comes after a track to a farm on the edge of the village was blocked after inconsiderate fly-tippers dumped a lorry load of rubbish, including tyres, rubble, wood and some household waste, at the entrance.Farmer Bob Coombes, whose family has been farming in the village for decades, said: "It is impossible to use the track at the moment as it has been completely blocked off because of this fly-tipping."There are two piles of it so it was either two separate incidents or the same person who came back with a further load."It being there means I am unable to access my field."At the moment it is not a huge problem, but I am due to cut it for hay within the next month. "This isn't the first time there has been fly-tipping in the area - it happens quite regularly and often there is a skip or truck load dumped."Mr Coombes, aged 62, who runs Reservoir Farm with his brother Phil and wife Sandy, has now met with Bristol Water which own the track to discuss increasing security to prevent further fly-tipping.Barrow Gurney Parish Council chairman Geoff Coombes said it wasn't the first time fly-tipping had occurred in the village.And he asked local residents to keep vigilant and report anyone who they may see trying to dump their rubbish in the area.Councillor Coombes said: "We do suffer from people dumping rubbish, especially in the surrounding country lanes where some think they can throw their rubbish and be out of view. Now people have to pay when they want to dispose of tyres and possibly think it is easier. I would appeal to local residents and people who travel through the area to report any incidents of fly-tipping and where possible record a registration number to North Somerset Council.


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