What a mess!

Rub­bish, rub­ble and even cars found dumped in a ‘vast’ amount of fly-tip­ping un­der the A40

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

THESE shock­ing images show the im­mense scale of a fly-tip­ping prob­lem that is blight­ing the coun­try­side.

The pic­tures, taken by pho­tog­ra­pher B J Images, de­tail the ex­tent to which house­hold and build­ing rub­bish has been dumped un­der­neath the A40 near the Colne Val­ley Re­gional Park.

Old aban­doned cars, dirty so­fas, bins and even fridges have been left to rot on land un­der­neath the ma­jor ar­te­rial road which is found close to the Grand Union Canal.

But pic­tures taken just five years ago show a com­pletely dif­fer­ent story to these re­cent ones, which were taken on Thurs­day, April 27.

In­stead these older pho­tos show un­spoiled land with barely any rub­bish dumped on it, and while those images are not of pris­tine AONB the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two is stark.

A fly-tip­ping en­demic is cur­rently en­gulf­ing the coun­try­side, and Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) is catch­ing on av­er­age one of­fender a week.

Those who are found re­spon­si­ble could risk fac­ing huge fines and be­ing pros­e­cuted, should the coun­cil take the case to court. A Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil spokesman said a vast amount of waste had been fly-tipped dur­ing April and was re­ported to en­force­ment of­fi­cers, who have been work­ing at the site to gather ev­i­dence. This has re­sulted in 30 ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“We’re very grate­ful to those who re­ported this to us and fully ap­pre­ci­ate their con­cerns,” he said.

The spokesman said a plan was in place to clear and se­cure the site as soon as pos­si­ble, al­though this may take a lit­tle while ow­ing to some tech­ni­cal ac­cess dif­fi­cul­ties.

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