Clean up filthy river bank, de­mands walker

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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