Polluters pay the price for crime
LAST week saw the successful prosecution of fly-tippers and of people permitting the keeping of waste on an unlicensed site in Shadoxhurst. Ashford borough has some of the most beautiful countryside in the county, the Garden of England. Yet fly-tipping and unauthorised dumps have become an increasing eyesore and public nuisance. The borough council has a firm policy of prevention, not only because of the cost to council taxpayers for clearing it up; not only because it is a health hazard and danger to humans and animals, but because it also deters tourists and other visitors who help with the local economy. The prosecution on the unlicensed site was carried out by the Environment Agency, and large fines were imposed. The prosecution followed years of complaints that were finally justified. If you care for the countryside, please report offenders. Cllr Peter Davison, Ashford Independent, Birchett Lane, Hamstreet, Ashford.
The illegal waste site at Shadoxhurst. Three people were prosecuted by the Environment Agency and fined a total £78,000