Environmental Protection have launched an investigation into a pram and other baby equipment dumped in an area of National Trust woodlands.
Left in a wooded area surrounding a National Trust watermill in St. Peter, the department for Environmental Protection have confirmed to Express that this is now the subject of an “active investigation”.
It comes after the National Trust for Jersey took to social media to report incidents of fly-tipping on protected land.
On 18 May, they posted: “Our natural spaces have been incredibly valuable during the current Lockdown for recreation, exercise and general wellbeing. Please help us to continue to look after them for the benefit of everyone by taking your rubbish home and not fly tipping. This morning our team found bottles strewn all over Le Coleron as well as baby equipment in our woods at Le Moulin de Quetivel.
“All we ask is that you take your rubbish home with you or use the recycling facilities at La Collette now open from Wednesday to Sunday, so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy our sites and our team can spend their time actively managing our land for the benefit of people and wildlife. The Trust also incurs a direct charge for disposing of waste even if it is fly tipped.”
When asked by Express about these incidents, a spokesperson for Environmental Protection said: “With regard to the dumped pram we have no comment to make as this is subject of active investigation.
As for the littering at Le Coleron, the spokesperson stated: “We echo the National Trust for Jersey’s thoughts. It is always disappointing that a minority of individuals choose to despoil our valuable countryside and coastline by leaving their waste for others to clean up and risking potential harm to wildlife.”
However, in terms of the island-wide picture, the Protection team said there hadn’t been a noticeable increase of fly-tipping incidents reported since lockdown began compared to the same timeframe in 2018 and 2019.
Pictured: The Protection team said that in general, fly-tipping is down when compared with the same period in the last two years.
In fact, there has been a slight decrease in the number of incidents between 1 April – 22 May over the three years:
The spokesperson added: “In general it is pleasing that fly tipping reports have not increased during the lockdown period, but given that fly tipping doesn’t occur by accident it is quite shameful that a minority of individuals still choose to deliberately despoil Jersey’s environment and shirk their responsible to dispose of their waste lawfully. If you see someone fly tipping please let us know.”
The Environment Protection team can be contacted on 01534 709535 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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