Battle rages to beat scourge of fly-tipping
email@example.com Thoughtless fly-tippers have undone the hard work of council cleaners, dumping rubbish in the town’s alleyways.
The Town Centre Action Team (T-CAT) got busy clearing and cleaning some of Ashford’s alleys following reports in the Kentish Express of the mess in Taylor’s Passage in the town centre.
T-CAT took the job a step further, tackling a number of neglected back passages across the town.
Recently they have been focusing on land behind the former Oranges pub, between Apsley Street and East Street.
The council does not normally clear privately-owned land, but T-CAT volunteered to clean up the area.
But, after making substantial progress, the team discovered a large amount of litter and fly-tipping in the alley recently, including a fridgefreezer, double bed and a sofa.
Town centre chief Cllr Graham Galpin said: “The people responsible for this mess should be ashamed of themselves. Not only is fly-tipping is a criminal offence, it is a poor way to treat the people who work so hard to keep our town in good order.
“We all need to share responsibility for the town’s cleanliness. The council offers a bulky item collection service, so there is no need to dump items on the street.
“I am delighted with T-CAT’s work so far, and with Town centre chief Cllr Graham Galpin
‘People responsible for this mess should be ashamed of themselves’
the positive welcome the team has received in Ashford. It is such a shame that a few selfish individuals have such little respect for our town, but we will continue to keep Ashford looking at its best.”
T-CAT will now be returning to clear up the dumped rubbish and to arrange removal of the fly-tipped goods.
Anyone who spots fly-tipping or who has information about offenders should contact the council on 01233 331111.
STRUGGLE: T-CAT team members Tony Horne, Sam Cox and Tom Judd fighting a losing battle
Fly-tipped rubbish in alleys behind the former Oranges pub