A hunt has been launched for the flytipping rogues who dumped 19 tonnes of rubbish at a former high school site in east Leeds.
Leeds City Council has vowed to find and punish the culprits, after mountains of waste materials - thought to come from clearouts of privately rented houses - had to be cleared up at the taxpayer’s cost from the old Primrose High School site. Legal notices have now been put up on the site.
A social media post from Leeds City Council’s East North East locality team says: “19 tonne flytip removed this week from the old Primrose High site.
“Legal and CCTV warnings now in place. Evidence gathered from the waste being investigated by our enforcement staff.
“We are hopeful of prosecutions, which will include recovery of council costs.
“This is NOT local people dumping waste.
“The evidence shows this is mainly commercial waste, probably from clearances of privately rented properties. Anyone with any information please message us.”
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environmental protection and community safety said: “This has been a serious, deliberate act to avoid any kind of duty of care.
“We don’t think it’s fair that the council or our residents should have to foot the bill for someone else’s laziness and attempt to get out of paying disposal costs.
“We’d urge anyone with any evidence or information that will help us catch the culprits to contact us as soon as possible.”
The YEP reported earlier this year that Leeds City Council had received 13,000 complaints of flytipping in one 12 month period alone.
City bosses are now taking a no-nonsense stance to combat crime and grime in Leeds communities – and prosecutions are on the increase.