Fly-tipping problem finally over for Langley Mill man

NRHNBE110615e2, Clive Toone at the site of flytipping on Anchor Road, Langley.
NRHNBE110615e2, Clive Toone at the site of flytipping on Anchor Road, Langley.

A LANGLEY MILL man could see months of frustration come to an end as neighbouring councils finally decide which should clear fly-tipped waste from his road.

UK Coal worker Clive Toone, 55, contacted the News in June after rubbish, a roll of carpet and dirty nappies, was dumped in Anchor Road.

The unlit lane leading to Mr Toone’s £500,000 cottage sits on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, but he could not get the rubbish cleared as neither Amber Valley Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council or neighbouring Nottinghamshire County Council claimed to be responsible for the road.

And three weeks ago - more waste appeared on the lane, including potentially deadly asbestos.

Finally after an eight month battle with the authorities, Amber Valley and Derbyshire have agreed to work together to make sure the fly-tipping hotspot is kept clear.

A delighted Mr Toone, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic news.

“I spent an awful amount of money buying that house.

“It has been an embarrassment for people to come down here – it’s not very nice to look at and we’ve had to live down here.

Confusion over which authority should be responsible for clearing waste dumped on the small lane was caused because of a disagreement over borders.

The land the lane sits on was bought by Nottinghamshire when it built the A610 bypass through Eastwood in the 1970s.

As a result of boundary changes some years ago, responsibility for the road passed to Derbyshire County Council as the highway authority.

But as Derbyshire are not responsible for clearing environmental waste, it said Amber Valley should clear up the mounting rubbish affecting Mr Toone’s livelihood.

However Amber Valley, until this week said it did not have to clear the lane as its own records stated the road was privately owned by Nottinghamshire County Council.

But now both Derbyshire and Amber Valley have finally struck an agreement to clean up the site and to reinforce patrols for fly-tippers in the area.

A spokesperson for Amber Valley said: “We will be looking at measures in the future to stop further fly-tipping in conjunction with the county council.”