A COUNCIL has promised to clean up after flytippers who blocked a country lane near Worcester.

A least a dozen tyres, rubble, a fridge and timber boards were dumped along a stretch of Porters Mill Lane, between Hadley and Fernhill Heath.

The road was never closed but it forced drivers to be vigilant when driving along the unlit route.

Wychavon District Council said it planned to clear up the rubbish as your Worcester News went to print yesterday (Tuesday).

"If residents see any fly tipping please report it to us immediately on 01386 565656 or at our website," said Phil Merrick, the council's head of community services.

"Residents are also encouraged to use our bulky waste collection service or take large items to the tip to guarantee items aren’t fly tipped.”

Earlier this month, flytippers in Worcestershire were warned to expect harsher fines after new guidelines were agreed.

The news was welcomed by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) which said the announcement was "long overdue".

“Our main concern is the problems faced by landowners in dealing with fly-tipped rubbish on private land, which costs the landowner £800 on average to clear up each incidence of non-toxic fly-tipped waste on their land, and can rise into many thousands for hazardous or large amounts of waste," said CLA Midlands' rural adviser, Donna Tavernor.

"There is the additional threat for landowners of being prosecuted purely because they have not removed waste that someone else has tipped on their land."

Last December, 12 fridges, a dishwasher and a cooker were dumped on Green Street in Kempsey.

Village resident John Boyd branded the waste "appalling".

"They've just been left there," he said.

"It's awful. I think it's more of a health risk than anything."

The waste was eventually cleared by Malvern Hills District Council.