Easter out­rage over ‘toxic waste’ left out­side church

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Vicky Cas­tle

A huge pile of rub­bish – in­clud­ing “toxic” chicken ma­nure – has been dumped out­side East­well Church.

Res­i­dent John Hardie said the rub­bish was dumped last Tues­day.

He said: “Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil say it is pri­vate land and they have noth­ing to do with it.

“I don’t see how it is pri­vate land as it’s been dumped in a lay-by off a road.

“It’s re­volt­ing and there is even chicken ma­nure in there, which should not be dumped any­where with all the dis­eases around.

“It’s toxic waste, so surely it’s an en­vi­ron­men­tal health prob­lem?”

Mr Hardie said the dump­ing was es­pe­cially bad tim­ing as the church pre­pared to wel­come fam­i­lies and young chil­dren to its Easter ser­vices last week­end.

He said: “No­body seems to want to do any­thing about it.

“I just want some­body to clear it up. There were go­ing to be a lot of chil­dren there over the week­end.”

This dump­ing comes just af­ter wor­ry­ing fig­ures show a rise in cases of fly-tip­ping in Kent since 2013, al­though Ash­ford’s fig­ure has ac­tu­ally fallen.

Fig­ures show coun­cils dealt with al­most 20,000 in­ci­dents of dumped rub­bish in the past 12 months – a rise of about 3,000 com­pared to three years ear­lier.

There were a to­tal of 19,547 cases in the 12 months from April last year, com­pared to 21,014 from 2014 to 2015 and 16,661 from 2013 to 2014.

Ash­ford’s fly-tip­ping fig­ures have de­creased from 946 in 2012- 13 to 800 in 2015-16. Na­tion­ally, coun­cils re­ported 936,090 cases of fly-tip­ping in 2015-16, cost­ing al­most £50 mil­lion to clear up.

A spokesman for Ash­ford coun­cil said: “We have been made aware of the fly-tip out­side East­well Church. The waste has been left on pri­vate land there­fore it is the landowner’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­move it and dis­pose of it.”

The rub­bish was still at the site as the Ex­press went to press yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

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Rub­bish dumped out­side East­well Church has been left on pri­vate land, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil

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