National Trust rangers, councillors and police have called on the public to report incidents of fly tipping to help combat the problem

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Pictures show blight of fly tipping on Bookham Common and Mole Valley

By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: March 31, 2015

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National Trust rangers have called for members of the public to help them in their efforts to stop fly-tipping after a spate of dumping incidents in the past week.

Bookham Common has been targeted three times since last Sunday, according to area rangers who have said more needs to be done to find and stop those leaving building waste strewn across Mole Valley’s beauty spots.

Staff say that in some instances rubbish has been left blocking roads, causing a safety hazard and preventing emergency vehicles from getting past.

The most recent spate of dumping incidents began on March 22, with a second load being left two days later.

Then on Thursday (March 26) yet more building waste was dumped on the common in broad daylight.

Ian Swinney, area ranger covering the common, told the Advertiser this week: “Ever since Christmas we’ve been having them every few days – it averages one or two a week. We had three lorry loads dumped last week alone.

“It’s mainly being dumped around Bookham Common, in car parks or down tracks and sometimes it’s just left blocking the roads.”

Graeme Kane, corporate head of service at Mole Valley District Council, said: “Fly tipping is a criminal offence that we take extremely seriously. Wherever possible, our officers search the waste for evidence of where it came from and who left it. We will continue to work closely with the police, Surrey County Council, the National Trust and local landowners to combat fly tipping and arrange to clear the sites as quickly as possible in order to help protect and maintain the district’s character and environment.

“We are extremely grateful to our residents for their help in reporting fly tipping incidents in the District to us. There are several ways in which you can alert us to instances of fly tipping. You can report it via our website www.molevalley.gov.uk or call 01306 885001.

“Alternatively, you can engage with us via our social media channels on Twitter @molevalleydc or you can find us on Facebook. If you witness a fly tipping incident taking place, we would urge that you contact us or Surrey police with any relevant information as soon as possible, particularly the details of vehicles or person/s involved if known.”