Ashford Borough Council spokesman Dean Spurrell said: “We are aware of a fly-tipping incident which happened last week in Mersham. Unfortunately we are unable to remove the waste, as it was dumped on private land. “The council has a duty of care to remove waste dumped on public land, but this does not extend to waste left on private land. “The Environment Agency can offer advice on alternative commercial waste contractors who are licensed to deal with this type of fly-tipping. “The fly-tipping of waste is illegal, and the council works closely with other organisations including KCC, Trading Standards, the Environment Agency and the police to ensure those responsible for fly-tipping are dealt with. “Large fines will be given to those responsible for fly-tipping and those who fail to treat their waste correctly. “We would encourage anyone who has witnessed a fly-tipping incident to report it on our flytipping hotline, 01233 330535.”
The units of staging dumped on Mr Poole’s drive were labelled with the words Test the Nation, and also with the name, address and telephone number of a theatrical supply company. However, the phone number does not work, and the company is no longer listed in directory enquiries, although an internet search shows it in old listings under the address labelled. Test the Nation is a BBC televised quiz, which is aired periodically.