1.5 tonnes of asbestos dumped in Lliw Valley
SWANSEA Council has warned it will prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping after 1.5 tonnes of asbestos sheeting was dumped in the Lliw Valley.
Specialist teams will be removing the waste which was dumped in the Rhyd-y-pandy Road sometime this week.
Mawr councillor Ioan Richard, who reported the incident to the local authority, urged anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “If anybody knows anything then they should report it to the council or the police.
“Fly-tipping happens all the time but this is more serious.
“Someone has come up with a load of asbestos sheeting.
“To get this removed is going to cost more money which could be better spent on schools.”
It is not the first time the area has been blighted by fly-tipping.
In June, the council picked up broken furniture, mattresses, bags of household rubbish and a toilet seat which were left at the lay-by on the road between Rhyd-y-pandy and Felindre.
A spokesman for the council said: “We’ve been made aware of this incident and have arranged for a specialist team to remove the waste as soon as possible.
“Our officers will also search through the waste that’s been illegally dumped there to see if there’s evidence that will help us find whoever is responsible for it.
“Fly-tipping is an arrestable offence and we will prosecute people for it when there’s sufficient evidence.
“We’d also ask for people to keep an eye out in this area for any vehicles that are tipping waste and to call us on 01792 635600 if you have information.”
Illegal dumping has been an arrestable offence since 2005, and earlier this year the Sentencing Council for England and Wales launched a consultation on the possibility of increasing the fines for anyone who is convicted of the crime.