Road ‘blocked’ by fly­tip­ping

Cy­clist had to carry bike over pile

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CY­CLIST has ex­pressed her dis­gust at a re­cent spate of fly­tip­ping which has spoiled her coun­try­side trips.

He­len Rayner of Ni­col Road, Chal­font St Peter, en­coun­tered two lots of dumped trash in her vil­lage and Chal­font St Giles this month.

The mother of four says the rub­bish has made roads ‘im­pass­able’ and is con­cerned it will present a dan­ger to walk­ers, cy­clists, horse rid­ers and chil­dren play­ing in the area.

She said: “I was quite out­raged, I though it was just dis­gust­ing. We choose to live in a nice area and peo­ple do not ex­pect it.

“We try and do a lot in our com­mu­nity and teach our kids to clean up after them­selves. You go out and think, ‘ Who taught th­ese peo­ple to clean up after them­selves?’”

Mrs Rayner spot­ted the first pile of rub­bish, in­clud­ing gar­den waste, metal pipes, flower pots and a lawn­mower, in Shire Lane. She says she had to carry her bike over it and scratched her leg on a bro­ken flower pot as she climbed over tree roots.

“It was im­pass­able,” she said. “It looked like the fly­tip­pers had driven on the road and emp­tied their van.”

Mrs Rayner had a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence on Mon­day last week be­tween the Lag­ger and Did­den Hill in Chal­font St Giles, where she came across house­hold rub­bish in­clud­ing plas­tic bot­tles block­ing the path.

Mrs Rayner, a mem­ber of Gold Hill Bap­tist Church in Gold Hill East, sug­gested chil­dren are taught about fly­tip­ping from a young age to de­ter the be­hav­iour. She says she will in­form the Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil of the in­ci­dents.

County coun­cil spokes­woman He­len Fincher says the coun­cil has a zero tol­er­ance stance to­wards fly­tip­ping and will in­ves­ti­gate ev­ery re­port.

She added: “We are lead­ing the way na­tion­ally with our con­vic­tion rate. Over the last five years on av­er­age one of­fender has been con­victed ev­ery week in Buck­ing­hamshire.”

The quick­est way to re­port fly­tip­ping is on­line at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly.

Is fly tip­ping a prob­lem in your area? Con­tact us at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk.

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