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