70 tyres dumped at Lake District beauty spot

More than 70 tyres have been dumped at a Lake District beauty spot. They were abandoned in a layby at Bog Lane, Brathay, near Ambleside, at around 11pm last Friday. It is the fourth significant fly-tipping incident in South Lakeland in less than a month.

South Lakeland District Council is investigating the incident and is asking people to contact it if they have any information. Its locality officers are asking people if they saw a truck carrying tyres within a five-mile radius of Bog Lane on Friday night. They have also released these details to help jog people’s memories:

  • One tyre has a mist of green paint all over one side, perhaps from a car being resprayed – was this your tyre?
  • Another, very new, tyre has a nail and screw about 4 inches apart, size 205/40Z/R17 – again, was this your tyre?

Last month,  118 used tyres were dumped onto a country road at Barbon, what appeared to be a skip-full of concrete slabs and household rubbish was abandoned on the road between Arnside and Silverdale and around 25 bright blue bags of builders’ waste were tipped on the beach at Bardsea.

It is not known if any of the incidents are connected, and investigations are ongoing. A council spokesman said: “Fly-tipping is not a victimless crime. “As well as the cost to the environment, the financial cost of clearance, disposal and investigation is ultimately borne by the council tax payers of the district.

“We investigate every case of fly-tipping reported and, if appropriate, action will be taken. “This can range from fixed penalty notices and warning letters being issued to prosecutions, potentially significant fines and even custodial sentences.”  The maximum penalty for fly-tipping that can be imposed by the courts is a GBP50,000 fine and up to five years in prison for the most serious offences.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the locality team on 01539 733333 or email [email protected]