Barriers could be installed at a popular walking spot near Caerphilly to prevent vehicle access in a bid to tackle fly-tipping.

Caerphilly County Borough Council could install the obstacles at the northern and southern entrances in Cefn Brithdir as part of a three-year public space protection order (PSPO).

It is hoped the action will prevent both illegal waste dumping and illegal off-road vehicle use on the Gelligaer and Merthyr Common.

Last year, the council received more than 37 formal complaints regarding waste dumping along the ridge.

Televisions, sofas, kitchen appliances and recyclable waste were among the items that have been discarded.

The area is well-used by residents, a local paragliding group, horse riders, walkers and cyclists.

A large-scale clean-up involving the local authority, residential groups and Natural Resources Wales, removed more than 10 tonnes of dumped material last November.

But a member of the public has since reported more waste being dumped on almost a daily basis.

A council report said that the proposals had drawn early support from residents, Gwent Police, the Merthyr Commoners Association and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

“There is also the potential to see this approach as a ‘pilot’ to address similar issues in other parts of the county borough and elsewhere and develop good practice,” it adds.

At a meeting on Wednesday, CCBC cabinet members called for a draft order to be drawn up alongside a formal consultation.

A further report on the consultation’s outcome will return to cabinet soon.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Carl Cuss said: “I’ve had several complaints about this area, it’s an eyesore,” while Cllr Barbara Jones said: “It’s a horrible situation.”

Council leader Cllr David Poole added: “If you leave waste there it becomes a magnet for further tippers.

“A lot of the items are items that the council would have picked up free of charge.”