Fly tippers turning countryside into a ‘tip’

A country lane popular with walkers is being used as an illegal dumping ground for household rubbish – ruining the rural area and creating a health hazard.

Dyes Lane in Norton Green on the outskirts of Stevenage has become an eyesore with van loads of rubbish being discarded on the farmer’s access road which runs through countryside and beside woods towards Langley.

Couple John and Sue Staffell of Lonsdale Road, Stevenage said they have taken walks in the area for over 20 years and have seen the problem grow steadily worse in recent years.

Mr Staffell, 69, who was born in the area, said: “It’s disgusting. It wants somebody to do something about it. It’s a tip. We walk up there because it’s a lovely country walk normally.

“It shouldn’t be allowed. I can’t understand why the council can’t put cameras up. It’s been happening for years. But we’ve never seen it as bad. We are paying for this to be removed. What with the wind and everything it will be blown on to the motorway.”

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Mrs Staffell, 65, added: “It’s half a mile to the tip, but they have to pay. That’s the problem,” adding: “I don’t think they have the right to spoil it for everybody else.”

Stevenage Borough Council, the authority responsible for clearing fly-tipping in the area, said there was an ongoing problem along the lane and officers are exploring long-term solutions.

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An officer was sent to investigate and clear the lane today (Friday).

The council said it treats fly-tipping very seriously and will always attend reported sites.

Fly-tipping can be reported online at, by calling 0800 136661 or by emailing

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