THE council-run dump it sites across Barnsley are having to introduce a proof of address policy after it emerged Sheffield residents are flocking to use local facilities.

There is an ongoing industrial dispute affecting the running of the five dump it sites operated by Sheffield City Council and so residents from Sheffield have been trying to use the Barnsley tips - causing an upsurge in people using them.

A council spokesman said: "The Household Waste Recycling Centres in Barnsley are for the exclusive use of Barnsley residents.

"As a temporary measure therefore and to ensure that only Barnsley residents are using these sites, users of the sites may be asked to show some form of personal identification to confirm they are a resident of Barnsley.

"Acceptable forms of identification include: driver’s license, a recent council tax bill or utility bill.

"We would ask for your co-operation and patience during this period of increase use and apologise for any inconvenience or delay."