Work be­gins to clear 600 tonnes of rub­bish from Den­ham Round­about

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Ad­vertiser first re­ported the fly-tip­ping un­der the bridge in Fe­bru­ary 2017 and since then the mass has swelled to around 600 tonnes, ac­cord­ing to High­ways Eng- land, which owns the site.

The rub­bish has filled what was locally known as the ‘Uxbridge Gal­leries’, an area taken over by graf­fiti artists who cov­ered the pil­lars and walls of the fly­over with their de­signs.

High­ways Eng­land claims it is now work­ing to clear the dump­ing site, which lies just 100 me­tres from the Grand Union Canal and posed a sig­nif­i­cant fire haz­ard.

A High­ways Eng­land spokesper­son said: “We es­ti­mate that there is be­tween 500 and 600 tonnes of lit­ter at the site – 100 trucks worth of waste.

“We are work­ing hard to clear this lit­ter as quickly as pos­si­ble and have in­stalled con­crete blocks to re­strict fur­ther ac­cess to the site.”

The site un­der the ma­jor ar­te­rial road is close to the Colne Val­ley Re­gional Park and lo­cals have ex- pressed con­cerns about the pos­si­ble dam­age the tip­ping has caused.

Speak­ing in Fe­bru­ary, lo­cal res­i­dent Mag­gie Ditch­burn said: “The amount of rub­bish be­ing tipped is be­com­ing haz­ardous, pol­lut­ing the wa­ter­way and the pos­si­bil­ity of a fire could cause dam­age to the fly-over and traf­fic chaos.”

At that time the site was strewn with some fridges and old fur­ni­ture. Since then peo­ple have dumped hun­dreds of tonnes of build­ing and house­hold waste at the site.

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s (BCC) fly-tip­ping of­fi­cers have been ex­am­in­ing the site and have launched 30 ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tions to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble for the in­dus­trial-scale fly-tip­ping.

There was ini­tially con­fu­sion as to who owns the land, lead­ing to a stale­mate, as it was not im­me­di­ately clear if Hillingdon Bor­ough or BCC was re­spon­si­ble for the site.

A spokesman for BCC con­firmed the tip was on their side of the bor­der and thanked con­cerned mem­bers of the public for alert­ing the coun­cil, as well as warn­ing house­hold­ers about tip­ping waste.

“House­hold­ers who pay ‘men in vans’ to take their rub­bish must check their waste re­moval li­cence” he said.

“Those home­own­ers who don’t, could be li­able for not act­ing with duty of care.”

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