Newark and Sherwood District Council tackle fly-tipping and fire damage in Boughton

Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2023

The District Council tackled fly tipping and fire damage in Boughton last week after a green space was blighted by littering and reckless behaviour.

A recent estate walk conducted by District Council officers identified a huge amount of litter, including drinks cans and bottles, illegally dumped around the green space. There was also evidence of fire damage with items of furniture being set alight.

The area is often a popular site for dog walkers and children in the local community of Boughton.

Housing and Waste Management officers from the District Council collected twelve bags of waste and litter in total. Evidence found in the waste will be used to investigate the incident by the Environmental Enforcement team.

Councillor Roger Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Cleaner, Safer, Greener, at Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “We are committed to creating a cleaner, safer, greener district, and I know many of our residents work hard to do the same. It was only in October that our Street Scene team removed 7 tonnes of detritus from around the estate and installed 6 new litter bins as part of our Boughton Day of Action, and it is so unfortunate that there are a mindless few who continue to harm our district in this way and spoil the hard work of other members of their community and the District Council.

“I want to assure everyone that we will continue to work hard to stop this anti-social behaviour in its tracks.”

Deliberate fires are extremely hazardous, can cause harm to wildlife and can also have serious health implications. In an emergency, please call 999.

Fly tipping is a significant contributor to secondary fires, and whilst the District Council remain committed to working with partners from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Nottinghamshire Police to tackle this issue, residents can play their part by reporting fly-tipping to the District Council to allow officers to remove the waste before it is set alight. If you witness someone fly tipping, please leave the evidence where it is and report it at or call 01636 650000 as soon as possible. Please make a note of any vehicle registrations and any other identifying evidence.

Fly-tipping is a crime under the Environmental Protection Act which carries a possible unlimited fine. If your waste is dumped illegally, you could be fined and/or receive a prison sentence.

Councillor Roger Jackson continues: “I encourage everyone to be our eyes and ears in reporting suspicious activity and helping identify perpetrators who are selfishly spoiling our local environment. Please report anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping to us so that we can investigate and ensure perpetrators are issued with the rightly deserved punishment.”

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