Bat­tle rages to beat scourge of fly-tip­ping

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Rubbish Scandal - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk 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.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2800994

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

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