‘Horrendous sight to be­hold’

FLY-TIPPED RUB­BISH UN­DER THE A40 IS ‘GET­TING WORSE’

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by ALEXAN­DER BALLINGER alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @amb­hack

THE mat­tresses, ap­pli­ances and wood dumped un­der the A40 near Uxbridge have still not been cleared two months af­ter GetWestLon­don first re­ported it.

Piles of rub­bish have been dumped un­der the road, near the Colne Val­ley Re­gional Park, and the amount of waste has in­creased since the prob­lem was first re­ported.

Photos taken through­out April (pic­tured right) show the amount of black bags, fur­ni­ture and wood dumped un­der the A40 ac­cess ramp north of Uxbridge.

Hilling­don res­i­dent Robin Ditch­burn told GetWestLon­don: “The refuse pic­tured in your ar­ti­cle hasn’t been ad­dressed or re­moved.

“In fact a group of peo­ple have been using it to build bike ramps in an­other area of the bridge as a way of clear­ing it up them­selves.

“No sooner had they made it look ti­dier and less like a dump, more refuse has been tipped.

“This time, it’s not a cou­ple of fridges and some old fur­ni­ture, it’s piles and piles of com­mer­cial waste, build­ing ma­te­ri­als and gen­eral waste.

“It’s a horrendous sight to be­hold and sick­en­ing to witness in per­son.

“I am a lo­cal res­i­dent and I reg­u­larly walk my dog through the area.

“The rub­bish has left it in­ac­ces­si­ble, I had to carry my dog so as to avoid in­jury through bro­ken glass, tiles and nails.”

GetWestLon­don first wrote about the prob­lem on Fe­bru­ary 20 and the waste ap­pears to have in­creased since then.

Part of the is­sue seems to stem from con­fu­sion over who is re­spon­si­ble for the area. Hilling­don Coun­cil said the land falls out­side of the bor­ough while South Bucks District Coun­cil said the land may be un­der High­ways Eng­land juris­dic­tion.

The A40 it­self is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of High­ways Eng­land but the land un­der­neath may be pri­vately owned.

Mr Ditch­burn said he be­lieves some­one has re­moved the lock from the gate and re­placed it with their own to gain ac­cess to the land and large con­crete bar­ri­ers have been moved to al­low vans in.

GetWestLon­don has ap­proached Hilling­don Coun­cil, South Bucks District Coun­cil and the High­ways Agency for com­ment.

PHOTOS: ROBIN DITCH­BURN

Photos show the piles of waste and fur­ni­ture dumped at the site un­der the A40, near Uxbridge

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