Clean up filthy river bank, demands walker
RUBBISH dumped beside the River Stour in Ashford has sparked calls for action.
But a row has broken out over who owns the land off Beaver Road, next to Home Plus furniture store, and who is responsible for keeping the area tidy.
Claire Morley, who walks along the riverside path on her way to Ashford station every day, contacted the Kentish Express, saying she was fed up with waiting for somebody to clear up the river bank.
The 41-year-old said she and husband Gideon had noticed discarded packaging and other litter building up for more than a year.
“It brings down the tone of the area,” said Mrs Morley.
“I have reported it twice to the council and once to the Environment Agency but nothing is happening.”
She warned swans also nested along the river and could get caught up in the numerous plastic bags.
Ashford Borough Council said it was aware of the problem but claimed the land was owned by Home Plus and therefore they have no authority to take any action.
Council spokesman Caroline Owen said: “Our cleansing team has spoken to Home Plus on several occasions about cleaning up for the benefit of the environment and local community.”
But a spokesman for Home Plus claimed the land was not owned by the business.
“The type of litter that’s there doesn’t stem from our site,” he added.
“The problems are when we have a skip, people come and fill our skip, then when it’s full they fly-tip.
“It’s caused us numerous amounts of problems.”
Rubbish piles up on the bank of the River Stour