Television sets dumped in Swansea Valley garden
A SWANSEA Valley man's garden made for unpleasant viewing after a mysterious fly-tipper dumped four television sets in it.
Ian Graham couldn't believe his eyes when he looked out the window of his Clees Lane home in Ystalyfera and saw the abandoned sets laying on his lawn.
Neath Port Talbot council has since removed the offending items but the episode was just the latest installment in a series of fly-tipping incidents on his property.
Mr Graham said: "This is probably the sixth time there's been dumping here in the last couple of years — either in the garden, or beside the sand bin, or along the Lane.
"We've had old furniture, old carpet, old chimney liner, a small fridge, panes of glass.
"About a year ago, rough waste was dumped on number four's parking space, a bit further down the lane, and the environmental health were able to trace a man through a gas receipt among the rubbish, and they cautioned him.
"And a couple of months ago, there was a tyre dumped beside our garage."
And while Mr Graham said he was grateful to the council he wants to let other people know that there was a service that removes fly-tipped waste.
He said: "A crew has just been and removed the offending objects. Thank you very much, I'm impressed.
"I'd be even more impressed if the council actually admitted to this level of service, the website more or less gives the impression that the council has no responsibility in these circumstances."
Mike Roberts, head of streetcare said: "Neath Port Talbot Council is the most active authority in Wales in dealing with fly-tipping.
"Over the last 10 years the authority has been the most prolific prosecuting authority in the country when dealing with illegally dumped waste.
"During the last financial year the authority was responsible for the prosecution of 44 individuals; almost 50 per cent of the national figure for fly- tipping.
"The penalties incurred have ranged from substantial fines, community based punishments and in some cases custodial sentences.
"The authority is committed to continue its zero-tolerance approach when dealing with fly tipping and whenever possible enforcement action will be taken against any known perpetrator."