COUNCIL officials are investigating reports of new tipping taking place at a controversial Bromsgrove site.

It comes after a local resident ‘tailed’ a vehicle going back and forth to the Marlbrook Tip on the edge of the Lickey Hills, taking pictures and a video as he did.

The resident of Birmingham Road became suspicious at seeing the same tractor and trailer going up and down the road ‘about 20 times a day’ and so decided to follow it.

He says the trailer was full of what looked like soil or dirt.

He has reported it to the local council, and the District Council have confirmed they have spoken to the owners of the tip, although they have refused to say what the outcome was.

But local councillor Peter McDonald is demanding the council take ‘whatever action is required to stop tipping immediately.’

The local resident, who asked not to be named, said the trips now seemed to have stopped.

Marlbrook Tip has been swathed in controversy for years. An application to dump waste there to build up the land before turning into a golf course was agreed but the council found that far too much overtipping had taken place, leaving the site ‘in an unacceptable state.’

Tipping has been stopped for years and the owners have been told they must do planting and grow grass to make the tip stable.

While the issue rumbles on there have been a number of reports of illegal fly-tipping.

Councillor Peter McDonald said: “I have been approached by concerned residents that tipping has started again at the Marlbrook Tip after residents were assured it had stopped. All tipping was stopped some time ago because of the over filling of the site.’

A council planning spokesman said: “We are currently in contact with the owner of the site and we are keeping Cllr MacDonald updated.”

The site is owned by Link Property Development Limited, based at Old Marlbrook Quarry Alvechurch Highway, Lydiate Ash.

We have been unable to contact them for comment.