All the farm’s a stage after fly-tip
WHO are you going to call if someone dumps three tons of staging on your doorstep?
Not the council, as a Mersham man discovered last week.
When Mike Poole tried to leave his farm just outside the village at 9.30am last Wednesday morning, he found his way blocked by pieces of an outdoor arena stage, stacked for 50 ft up his drive.
He said: “The pieces were made up of very thick wooden panels screwed onto solid metal frames, four or five feet high and 12 feet wide, and they were completely blocking the drive.
“It was extremely hard for a human being to climb over, let alone get a car through. It was as if Genesis couldn’t be bothered to take their rubbish home with them when they left the stadium.
“I rang the police and they notified Kent County Council, who passed it to Ashford Borough Council. They phoned me at 2pm.
“They said we can’t spend public money clearing up your private drive. I said can you give me the number of a company I could use to move it, they said ‘no, sorry’.”
Fortunately for Mr Poole and his family, who were trapped on the farm, help was at hand from a neighbour and two community wardens. With their help, he was able to move the staging and stack it on the side of the drive.
He said: “We spent about 40 minutes moving it piece by piece. It was as much as any of us could do to move one of the units.”
Kent Police spokesman Jon Green said: “We were notified by Mr Poole about his driveway being blocked. We liaised with the council to clear it.
“We have taken some details to see if had been stolen and dumped at the scene in a hurry, or if in fact it was fly-tipped.
“Anyone with information, please contact Ashford police station on 01233 896281 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
Although he can now get in and out, Mr Poole is still unable to move the staging himself, although he was able to think of an alternative use for it.
He said: “Maybe there’s a lorry of microphones and amplifiers that have been dumped on somebody else’s drive, and we can have a festival called Mershamstock.”
Local community wardens Paul Jarman and Peter Beasley, help to clear up staging abandoned on a farm driveway near Mersham