Authorities pass fly-tipping buck
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