TIM DREW: Fly-tipping can ruin appearance of neighbourhoods

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NOW that autumn is upon us, many gardeners may be wondering how best to dispose of all the fallen leaves and other detritus, bearing in mind that garden waste should not be put in main refuse bins.

If so, and you need the assistance of an outside agent to dispose of your garden waste – or any other ‘unusual category’ of waste, for that matter – please ensure that that agent is a registered waste carrier for your type of waste. You are responsible for ensuring this, so ask to see its certificate or, alternatively, check with the Environment Agency on its national hotline – 0800 807 060.

By taking these steps, you are both complying with your legal obligations and helping to minimise the possibility of fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is not only unsightly, but illegal and potentially dangerous, with an estimated £150million annually spent on investigation and removal by local councils and private landowners.

If you see anyone fly-tipping or would like to report an area where fly-tipping has taken place, then please note the time, date and place of the discovery, the appearance and quantity of the waste and a description of any vehicles involves.The details should then be reported either to the Environment Agency or West Sussex County Council.

• The Gaisford ward Neighbourhood Panel will meet between 7pm and 8pm on Monday, September 15, at Northbrook College in Broadwater Road, Worthing, with the Salvington meeting between 7pm and 8pm at the New Life Church, in Salvington Road, Worthing, the next day. On Wednesday, September 17, PCSO Nicola Burstow hosts her surgery between 2pm and 3pm at The Wave Centre in Dominion Road, Worthing, followed that evening by a meeting of the Castle ward Neighbourhood Panel at St Richard’s Church, in Collingwood Road, Durrington, between 7pm and 8pm. Lastly, the Worthing Neighbourhood Watch Association’s annual general meeting will take place at at Centenary House, in Durrington Lane, Durrington, at 7.30p.m, on Wednesday, October 22.