Work begins to clear 600 tonnes of rubbish from Denham Roundabout
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.”