A driving instructor who reported seeing two men in the act of dumping rubbish by the roadside says Kirklees Council has done nothing about it.
Michael Pawsey was taking a pupil for a driving lesson when he saw two men tipping waste at George Street, Milnsbridge.
The men were unloading a white Transit-type van with red lettering and throwing rubbish, including kitchen furniture and electrical appliances, on wasteland next to the road.
Mr Pawsey was able to get the registration number of the van and reported the incident to Kirklees shortly afterwards. But four weeks later, he said had heard nothing further from the council.
“They were blatantly chucking it on the ground,” he said. “Another vehicle had pulled up behind and it looked like the person with the car had got out to give the van driver a hand.”
Mr Pawsey said he had decided to contact the Examiner after seeing a story about tyres and building rubble being dumped at Sandy Lane, Crosland Hill.
It is thought that site, next to Crosland Hill Airfield, has been targeted by “professional” fly tippers because it is secluded.
Commenting on Mr Pawsey’s case, a spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “We are aware of this and are in process of investigating it. As such we cannot comment further at this stage.”
Fly tipping cost English local authorities £36.4m in 2012/13, although this was a 3% reduction compared to 2011/12.
According to official statistics, Kirklees Council spent about £50,000 clearing 661 instances of illegally dumped rubbish in 2012/13.
Calderdale Council had 1,156 incidents costing an estimated £56,000 to clean up in the same period.