Anti fly-tip leaflets left at beauty spot

Thousands of leaflets which include a message urging people not to fly-tip have been found dumped at a beauty spot by volunteers out litter picking, it emerged today.

Volunteers who were carrying out the litter pick discovered the stash of leaflets at Moorcroft Wood, in Moxley. The leaflets had been produced by Walsall's Labour party, with one member today claiming a full investigation will be carried out. It is believed around 3,000 leaflets were found at the local nature reserve, off Hawkswood Drive.

They were among 10 bags of rubbish collected at the site, which has long been the victim of fly-tipping attacks and problems over declining water levels on site.

Councillor Doug James, Labour representative for Darlaston South, said: "I was told about this by local volunteers doing some work tidying up Moorcroft Wood, which is an excellent contribution to the area.

"We within the Labour ward are very concerned about this news and are pleased it has been reported to Street Pride in terms of fly-tipping. We cannot accept this from anybody.

"At the next branch meeting I will be making sure there's a full investigation into what has gone on here."

Councillor James added it was not clear how old the leaflets, which urge residents to report cases of fly-tipping, were and that he believed they had now been cleared away.

The litter pick was organised by Moxley and Dangerfield Action Group and the Friends of Moorcroft Wood and took place on Saturday.

Among the volunteers was Councillor Paul Bott, who said the issue of fly-tipping had to be dealt with.

It comes after it was revealed fly-tipping in Walsall has dropped by more than 30 per cent over the summer compared to the same time the year before.

A total of 387 reports were made to Walsall Council in June, July and August compared to 561 last year.

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