A SEDGEMOOR resident has said he is concerned there is nothing that can be done to stop fly-tippers using the countryside as dumping grounds for unwanted items.

Fed-up Chris Gorvin got in touch after seeing the state of Long Moor Drove between Burtle and East Huntspill which was subject to several incidents of fly-tipping in recent weeks.

The mile and a half of stretch which had seen black bags containing household waste, from tyres to televisions.

A frustrated Mr Gorvin said: "The latest event, which is shown in the pictures, is obviously items from a house clearance just dumped on the side of the road. "The situation will only worsen as long as there are charges to recycle waste.

"We need to find a way to identify and stop these vandals ruining our countryside before it becomes a giant waste tip."

Sedgemoor District Council said it would be clearing the mess in the coming days.

However a Sedgemoor District Council spokesman added: "It would be really help if people actually reported flytips to us, rather than via the media.

"There is a simple form to complete online at sedgemoor.gov.uk/article/1619/Report-fly-tipping or just ring us on 0300 303 7800."

In November 2018 the government introduced fines for householders who pass their waste to a rogue ‘man and van’ for disposal, however the CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses says more resources must go into enforcement to crack down on industrial size fly-tipping which is blighting the countryside.

CLA president Tim Breitmeyer said: "To really tackle the crime, raising awareness of the risks of being caught and increasing the number of meaningful prosecutions will bring about real change."