INVASION OF THE FLYTIPPERS
AN ELDERLY pensioner from Gerrards Cross was faced with a mountain of rubbish on her drive last week after she was targeted by ‘evil’ flytippers.
But South Bucks District Council (SBDC) have been limited in their approach because it was private land, meaning Joan Wilson has had to stump up cash for removal herself.
Mrs Wilson, who was born in 1923, has been living in the village, since 1929.
Last Tuesday she said she was coming down her drive when she saw a huge pile of bad smelling concrete, planks and other waste blocking her exit, labelled ‘a horrible mess and depressing to look at’.
The pile was so huge she was unable to leave her house and had to rely on the help of neighbours to remove it.
She pointed out that an ambulance would not be able to reach her house, such was the size of the pile.
Mrs Wilson is fed up and angry but said she hasn’t let it get her down.
“You can see how this makes me feel but I try to keep things in perspective,” she said.
She added: “It’s the way they have done it. It’s a horrible thing to do.
“I took my dog out last thing [on Monday] and certainly this wasn’t there then, and then in the morning I took my dog out going out shopping and I just couldn’t believe what I saw. It’s just the mentality of these people.”
The rubbish was found a very long way down the drive, which makes Mrs Wilson believe this was a deliberate act.
“I’m just hoping they will catch them. It’s a rotten thing to do,” she said.
And added: “I was shocked, you feel you have been invaded. It’s horrible.”
Parish council chairman Chris Brown said: “Fly-tippers seem to be becoming endemic in South Bucks, it’s the same problem we’re getting throughout the county.
“The fact that somebody has the audacity to open somebody’s gate and dump it into their drive is pretty horrible. “It’s evil to be honest. “Actually blocking somebody’s drive like that is beyond the pale as far as I’m concerned.”
He added: “It’s a pretty depressing thing to wake up to in the morning.”
A police spokesman said: “We got called at 10.44am on December 8. An elderly woman had had rubble and timber dumped on her driveway, blocking the driveway and making it impossible for anyone to access the drive.
“There was some examinations and some evidence has been found and we are investigating that as part of investigations. Fly tipping is a criminal offence.”
An SBDC spokesman said: “This was undoubtedly a deeply upsetting experience for the lady concerned, and we would urge anyone who witnessed the rubbish being dumped in her drive to report it.
“Local authorities are not responsible for clearing flytipping on private land, and in such cases our duty extends to making sure there is no environmental hazard.
“However, when he heard about this lady’s plight and her circumstances, as a gesture of goodwill we did try to clear the debris using our contractor’s grab truck.
“We made clear there would be a charge, but under these exceptional circumstances we would do it at cost price. Regrettably, despite our best efforts, the truck could not access her drive well enough to pick up the rubbish, so she would have needed to get a private contractor in.
“Anyone who sees or suspects fly-tipping can report it by calling 01296 480771 or 0845 330 1856, or report online ww w . b u c k s c c . g o v. u k / environment/waste,recycling-and-treatment/flytipping.”
Mr Brown said there is so much rubbish dumped throughout South Bucks that he has stopped documenting it with his camera, adding that people ‘are getting away with it’.
On some days, he said, he can’t ride his bike as there is so much rubbish on the road.
He has called for stricter punishments for flytippers, saying that it is sometimes more cost effective to tip illegally and get caught than pay for ‘prohibitive’ dumping and land-fill costs.
It’s a pretty depressing thing to wake up to
Invaded: The pile of rubbish dumped in the lane