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News article created on 17 February 2015

Help us tackle illegal fly tipping

We're appealing for help to tackle illegal fly tipping at the junction where the Oxford and Coventry canals meet after we were left to pick up the bill for clearing waste dumped at the site.

We have been forced to spend thousands of pounds removing tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish from Hawkesbury Junction, a popular Warwickshire tourist spot. The problem has become more serious recently with an increase in the size and amount of waste being dumped. Now we are calling on local people to help track the culprits down.

Neil Owen, from the Canal & Trust, said: “It’s got to the stage where enough is enough, this rubbish is someone else’s legal responsibility but we have to pick up the bill for clearing it up. 

Dangerous and irresponsible activity

“The thousands of pounds that we have to spend clearing up other people’s rubbish is money that could be much better spent caring for our beautiful waterways, improving habitats for wildlife and protecting this wonderful spot for local people and visitors to enjoy.

“Fly tippers are criminals so we wouldn’t encourage people to approach them directly but if they have any information then we would urge them to pass it on to Coventry City Council so that it can be investigated. Hopefully, with help from the local community, we can put an end to this dangerous and irresponsible activity which damages the local environment, prevents people from being able to enjoy their local waterways and wastes money which could otherwise be spent improving canals in the area”.