A BIDEFORD councillor is claiming his first victory in a battle against rubbish. District and town councillor Philip Pester this week applauded developers who responded to his call to clear up a site at the junction of the Old Barnstaple Road and East-the

A BIDEFORD councillor is claiming his first victory in a battle against rubbish.District and town councillor Philip Pester this week applauded developers who responded to his call to clear up a site at the junction of the Old Barnstaple Road and East-the-Water industrial link road.It had become a dumping spot and an eyesore, he said.An old agricultural structure there had contained a few tyres, but over time people had added to this with more tyres and wheels, a fridge, washing machine and other items, said Mr Pester. There had also been a fire at the site.When he contacted owners M Baker Property Services of Exeter, they visited and agreed something had to be done. The site had now been cleared and the eyesore taken away.Now he was planning to turn his attention to other untidy areas of the town, he said."Why people cannot go to the recycling centre, I do not know. There is no need for dumping," said Mr Pester.Mr Pester pointed out that Torridge now had an environmental crime officer responsible for investigating and, where appropriate, instigating criminal proceedings against fly tippers, with a maximum possible fine of £2,500.But if the council and landowners didn't know people were dumping rubbish, there was nothing they could do. They needed the public to let them know, he said. Keith Pine of M Baker Property Services said they were grateful that Mr Pester had pointed the matter out.