PILES of waste dumped at a notorious fly-tipping site beside a trunk road so large it can be seen from space will be cleared up, it has been announced.

The road, dubbed 'the road to nowhere' is on the A48 near Coedkernew between Newport and Cardiff and was originally built as an access road for the now-closed LG factory.

It has become infamous for being a fly-tipping site so large that it can be seen from Google satellites.

Newport council has awarded a contract to Newport-based GD Environmental to clear away the vast quantities of waste, starting this month.

No exact date has been given for when the work will begin.

Tyres and hazardous materials will be removed from the site before other waste is removed and taken away for sorting to determine how much can be recycled.

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CCTV and other 'enhanced' security measures will remain in place at the site once it has been cleared to prevent further fly-tipping.

The council is also working with a local community group, Friends of the Road to Nature, on plans to further improve the area once the clearance has been completed.

Cllr Roger Jeavons, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for city services, said: “I’m pleased to announce to clear this site will start very soon.

"We know that clean streets are a priority for the people of Newport.

"We share their frustration at seeing criminals illegally dump waste on our streets.

"This action reaffirms our commitment to keeping our streets cleaning.

"Along with our recent work to identify and prosecute fly-tippers, it shows that we will not tolerate these acts in our city.

"We also want the community to reclaim this space once it has been cleared.

"To that end, I’m delighted that the Friends of the Road to Nature group has already adopted the space.

"I look forward to seeing the plans for further improvements to the site."

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The council warn that anybody caught fly-tipping on the site will be prosecuted and say that they have issued five fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping offences and seized two vehicles involved in offences.

Two Cardiff men were recently prosecuted prosecuted and fined at Newport Magistrates’ Court for illegally dumping waste at the site.

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