Pile of fly-tipped rub­bish at for­mer tip is set alight

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS - By Ed McCon­nell

not yet been re­placed leav­ing res­i­dents con­cerned more rub­bish could ap­pear in the next few days.

A res­i­dent who walks in the field ev­ery day said: “It’s been empty for years and is now reg­u­larly used by dog walk­ers.

“I let the coun­cil know but they’ve said it could take two days to deal with it.

“The most con­cern­ing thing is the bolt be­ing cut off as they could come back.

“It was clearly planned. They couldn’t have just driven past and found this place.

“It was dumped at about 2pm and the lady on the phone asked me if I’d seen who did it. I didn’t but even if I had I wouldn’t have ap­proached them, I had my dog and my son with me.”

Fur­field Quarry was used to bury rub­bish in 1991 and was judged to be con­tam­i­nated land in 2002 and is there­fore not fit for de­vel­op­ment. Last year adders were dis­cov­ered there.

Maid­stone Bor­ough Coun­cil said as it is on pri­vate land, of­fi­cers were try­ing to con­tact the owner to ar­range re­moval.

In the lat­est fig­ures to be re­leased by De­fra, from May 2015 to April 2016, fly-tip­ping in­ci­dents rose for a third year in a row across the coun­try, with 936,090 cases re­ported, 4% more than the pre­vi­ous year.

The cost of clear­ing up was £49.8mil­lion.

In Maid­stone bor­ough there were 796 in­ci­dents, the low­est fig­ure in five years, cost­ing the tax­payer £64,979.

The au­thor­ity spent £5,952 in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­ci­dents and re­ceived just £530 in fines.

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