Au­thor­i­ties pass fly-tip­ping buck

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

I sin­cerely hope that those “out­raged” by the toxic waste, fly-tipped out­side East­well Church have more suc­cess in hav­ing it cleared away than my neigh­bours and I have had with rub­bish dumped in the cul­vert at the junc­tion of South Stour Av­enue and Beaver Road.

The rub­bish, which in­cludes an old gas boiler, an old pram, a used car­pet and a cud­dly toy, has been thrown into the cul­vert from the pave­ment and a small bridge, thus al­low­ing Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) to claim im­mu­nity from any re­spon­si­bilty for its re­moval by us­ing the “on pri­vate land” gam­bit.

Ac­cord­ing to ABC the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the main­te­nance and up­keep of the cul­vert lies with the River Stour In­ter­nal Drainage Board. Their clerk and engi­neer tell me that they can­not con­tin­u­ally clear cul­verts, a pol­icy which strikes me as be­ing at odds with the need for good drainage es­pe­cially in view of re­cent flood­ing.

It seems that the or­gan­i­sa­tions with the ve­hi­cles and man­power to ad­dress th­ese con­cerns al­ways try to side­step the is­sue or pass the buck. So the rub­bish con­tin­ues to in­crease. Maybe we’ll get some heavy rains and it will be washed to­wards Can­ter­bury, where per­haps the au­thor­i­ties are more con­sci­en­tious. HJ Lunn South Stour Av­enue, Ash­ford

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