Council investigating claims road worker dumped sign at fly tipping hot spot
Somerset County Council says it is investigating after a farmer claimed a road worker dumped a broken sign.
Jonathan Dowding says he’s been frustrated by fly tipping in Chilthorne Domer, near Yeovil, and set up a camera to monitor a lane which had been targeted several times.
He says he was appalled when he looked at footage which he says appears to show a road worker leaving a metal sign frame.
Mr Dowding says he’s retrieved the metal frame and has complained to Somerset County Council.
He said the sign appeared after a road in the village was resurfaced.
Mr Dowding said: “We have been suffering from a lot of fly tipping.
“It has made me so cross that I have put up trail cameras in the hope of catching the fly tippers.
“Last week the council was re-surfacing the road through Chilthorne Domer and there were signs put up to warm people of loose grit.
“During this time I found an old metal frame belonging to a road sign.
“I looked through my camera footage and guess what? It was the same man and lorry that had picked up the council signs.
“He picked up the sign, put it in the back of his lorry and then picked out of the back the broken frame, walked around the front of his lorry and threw it into the hedge,” Mr Dowding claimed.
“I rang the highways department only to be told they contracted the work out so they couldn’t help and to ring the main council which I did. They took the details.
“Nobody has asked for my camera footage.
“I think this is awful. This shouldn’t be happening.”
A Somerset County Council spokesperson said: “The council takes any such allegations seriously and we are in the process of investigating this matter, but will require more detailed information than we currently have.
“We contacting the complainant so they can assist us further in this process.”