North East Lincolnshire Council

Metre-long dead iguana found with fly-tipped tyres in Grimsby layby

A metre-long dead lizard has been found dumped with a mountain of tyres and other fly-tipped rubbish in Moody Lane, Grimsby.

Shocked workers from North East Lincolnshire Council’s street cleansing team made the grisly discovery when clearing scores of fly-tipped tyres from the entrance to a gated track near New Cut Drain.

It’s thought the lizard could be an iguana but its head was missing and its body was badly decomposed when it was found.

More than 400 tyres have been found dumped at a number sites in the last week, including:

  • Moody Lane, Grimsby
  • Stirling Street, Grimsby
  • Under Cleethorpe Road flyover, Grimsby, near Prince Albert Gardens
  • A18 Barton Street
  • Kiln Lane, Stallingborough
  • New Haven Terrace
  • Off the A1173 in Immingham, near the Kings Road roundabout.

Tyres have also been dumped into the River Freshney during the past couple of months. These flow towards Riverhead and create a hazard for staff to remove them.

North East Lincolnshire Council is appealing for witnesses with information about the fly-tipping.

People can bring up to four tyres to the Council’s community recycling centres and businesses should have arrangements in place to dispose of them lawfully.

Cllr David Bolton, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities, said:

“Our staff were shocked to find an exotic creature from South America dumped in a back lane off an industrial estate in Grimsby.
“It’s an extraordinary discovery and someone out there must know where it came from. If you have any information, please get in touch.
“Fly-tipping is a huge drain on the public purse. It will cost the Council hundreds of pounds to dispose of these illegally dumped tyres.”

Cllr Stephen Beasant, Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chair, added:

“What’s frustrating is that all this could be avoided if householders and businesses disposed of their waste correctly.
“As well as all the tyres we’ve found this week, bins in a layby on the A18 are also being used to ditch junk that should not be thrown in a standard street litter bin. On Wednesday we found several plastic tubs containing 125 litres of used engine oil, it’s not what anyone would describe as litter.
“Asbestos and other building materials are also often found in the more rural parts of the borough.”

The simplest way to check whether a business is licensed to take waste, is to ask them for their carrier licence number and then visit the Environment Agency’s waste carrier register and enter the details.

If you’re paying someone to get rid of the waste on your behalf, you must check that they are licensed to take it. If you don’t, you could be fined along with the person who dumps it.

How to report fly-tipping

To report fly-tipping visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/environment-and-community-safety/clean-streets/flytipping/ and give as much information as possible. Alternatively, call 01472 326300.

To see the Environment Agency’s waste carrier register, visit https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers

 

Fly-tipped tyres in Moody Lane

 

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