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.

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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

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