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Fly-tipper who dumped 2,000 tonnes of waste on wildlife reserve in Camborne is sentenced

A man who dumped an estimated 2,000 tonnes of waste – much of it contaminated – on a wildlife reserve in Tuckingmill Valley Park has received an eight-month suspended jail sentence and been ordered to pay £100,000 in compensation to Cornwall Council and £22,400 in legal costs. 

Mr FB Greening, 69 (known as Brian) of Pengegon in Camborne dumped the material which included lead, arsenic and some asbestos, in 2016. The fly-tipping took place over three days of intense destruction of wooded land at the south edge of the park.  

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It is thought to be one of Cornwall’s largest ever instances of fly-tipping. 

Greening was charged after a lengthy investigation by Cornwall Council’s Neighbourhoods and Public Protection Service, following a report from a member of the public. He was sentenced on Friday, 31 January 2020 at Truro Crown Court. 

He owned a large plot of land adjacent to the Tuckingmill site for which he had planning permission. When clearing his land, instead of paying for proper disposal, he dumped the spoil on what he thought was scrub or unused land. 

In fact, it was land managed by Cornwall Council on a long-term lease which was being used as a wildlife reserve. 

Cornwall Council hopes that the area can be restored, but during the tipping trees were felled and original flora and fauna would have been destroyed. 

The land will now be cleared of the contaminated waste and compensation monies used by the property team to reinstate the area.  

Cornwall Council’s Service Director for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, Allan Hampshire, says: “The Council takes the issue of fly-tipping very seriously and we actively investigate all cases to identify evidence that could support a prosecution of offenders. This case underlines the potential repercussions for those who deliberately fly-tip.” 

This is a setback for Tuckingmill Valley, which had been transformed from the most visible derelict land site in West Cornwall into an award-winning park. 

The site is situated in the heart of Camborne and Redruth and has become a symbol of regeneration for the area. 

 

Story posted on 7 February, 2020