BRAZEN fly-tipping in a “lovely village” has left locals saddened – but also infuriated.

Charlotte Burnette said she was ‘truly saddened’ to see rubbish dumped along a path in Downley in High Wycombe, especially as litter pickers volunteer in the area.

Piles of binbags, large rocks and collapsed boxes were left on a path opposite the cricket club by the allotments, an area which appears to have CCTV.

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Ms Burnette said she had “never seen anything like this” in Downley before, adding the issue had been reported on FixMyStreet.

Another resident said online it was “absolutely infuriating”.

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“Sad to see fly-tipping up by the cricket ground,” Ms Burnette. “It’s been reported already…over the weekend…but this truly saddens me.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in Downley before, as it’s a lovely village and community. There are several villagers who litter pick as volunteers.

“It’s the path opposite the cricket ground where the allotments are further up on the left.

“There are signs suggesting CCTV is in operation – although clearly not.”

Cllr Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment said: “Officers have attended the scene this morning and reported this waste for clearance by our contractor as soon as possible. This dumping is now under active investigation by the council, using evidence found at the scene.

“Fly-tipping of any kind is not acceptable and we will investigate all cases reported to us. Where possible we will prosecute those who carry out this despicable crime which causes upset and disruption to our communities. Clean up costs also take funds away from other vital council services.

“We’d like to thank all residents who report incidents to us via Fix My Street. This is the best way to inform us of issues like this and ensures we are able to follow up and deal with it quickly. We would also ask that residents avoid paying cash to waste carriers. Cash payments are untraceable and fuel waste crime. Using a registered collector and paying by card or online is the safest option.”

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