Fly-tip­ping blight takes


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Dumping Mystery - By Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

At least eight lorry trail­ers have been left aban­doned around Ash­ford.

They are all be­lieved to be filled with used tyres and have been stripped of their reg­is­tra­tion plates and other iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­tails.

There are no com­pany mark­ings on the aban­doned con­tain­ers dot­ted on the road­sides at venues which in­clude the A20, the Hoth­field lay-by, the en­trance to Matalan, Bridge Road, in a lay-by along the A28 to­wards Ten­ter­den and on the Cobbs Wood in­dus­trial es­tate.

It is not clear why the trail­ers have been left where they are.

Keith Hardy, fac­tory man­ager at Mer­cury Win­dows, first no­ticed them more than five weeks ago.

He said: “I just hap­pened to no­tice these trail­ers left there in lay-bys.

“There seems no in­ten­tion to come back and pick them up.

“They look in a poor state of re­pair. The curtains are all bulging out the side, par­tic­u­larly the one near the Hare and Hounds pub. We drive past them ev­ery day. They quite clearly can­not be towed as they are.

“It’s tak­ing up lay-by space. We did con­tact the po­lice about them. If they are com­mer­cial tyres, they should be dis­posed of prop­erly. They are meant to be re­cy­cling them.

“Pre­sum­ably at some point the coun­cil will have to have the trail­ers re­moved and we will pay for the dis­posal as coun­cil tax­pay­ers.”

An Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil spokesman said: “We are aware of this emerg­ing prob­lem and, to­gether with other agen­cies, are in­ves­ti­gat­ing le­gal op­tions to re­solve the is­sue.”

The coun­cil con­firmed that they will work with Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, Kent Po­lice, Kent County Coun­cil and the En­vi­ron­ment Agency to rec­tify the prob­lem. Sim­i­lar in­ci­dents, which have been treated as fly­tip­ping, have hap­pened across the coun­try in re­cent months.

I n York, re­gional me­dia re­ported that in Dun­ning­ton, a large trailer was aban­doned in a

A trailer left in Hoth­field lay-by; in­set, the dumped trail­ers are stripped of reg­is­tra­tion plates

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