AN Ashbourne resident who found what he says is “clear evidence” to prosecute litterers who dumped a bag full of rubbish by the side of a road has slammed the district council for not acting on it.
The man, who does not want to be named, spotted the rubbish by the side of Wyaston Road and found a payslip belonging to an employer of a contracting company from rugby.
He believes this is enough for Derbyshire Dales District Council to seek out the culprit and issue a fine, but the authority says it still does not give them enough evidence.
A spokesman said: “Successful prosecutions for littering and fly-tipping almost always rely on an eye-witness report and we would appeal to people who actually witness littering or fly-tipping to contact us in confidence using the online form at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/flytip, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01629 761 215.
“While we are committed to investigate this particular report, documentation found at the scene of a fly tip – or, in this instance, litter drop - does not carry the same weight of proof as an eye-witness report, so we really do welcome the help of local residents.
“However, be assured that the District Council takes this issue very seriously in our effort to maintain the Derbyshire Dales’ impressive record as having one of the lowest instances of fly tipping in the county.
“In the near future we will be training more members of staff to further enforce litter issues.”