Pol­luters pay the price for crime

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

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

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