Fly-tip­ping fire risk

RUB­BISH IN­CLUD­ING MAT­TRESS AND PILES OF WOOD DUMPED UN­DER A40

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Front Page - by AMITA JOSHI amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @ami­ta­joshi

MAT­TRESSES, ap­pli­ances and pieces of wood have all been dumped un­der the A40 in one of the largest amounts of fly-tip­ping seen in the Hilling­don area.

A stag­ger­ing pile of rub­bish has been left un­der the fly-over, east of the Grand Union Canal, rais­ing con­cerns about fire safety.

Im­ages taken by Hilling­don res­i­dent Maggie Ditch­burn re­veal the as­ton­ish­ing heaps, some of which are tipped into pools of wa­ter.

Other pho­tographs, which were taken on Satur­day (Fe­bru­ary 18), show the ap­palling mess of ap­pli­ances strewn across the site amidst other house­hold rub­bish.

Mrs Ditch­burn told the Gazette: “The amount of rub­bish be­ing tipped is be­com­ing haz­ardous, pol­lut­ing the wa­ter­way and the pos­si­bil­ity of a fire could cause dam­age to the fly-over and traf­fic chaos.”

Those who are found re­spon­si­ble for fly-tip­ping in ei­ther Hilling­don Bor­ough or Buck­ing­hamshire could risk fac­ing huge fines and be­ing pros­e­cuted should the coun­cil take the case to court.

It is not clear whether High­ways Eng­land or Hilling­don Coun­cil are re­spon­si­ble for the land in ques­tion where the rub­bish has been dumped, but the Gazette is wait­ing on a re­sponse from the coun­cil for more in­for­ma­tion.

How­ever, rub­bish in wa­ter has to be dealt with by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency.

West­min­ster and Eal­ing bor­ough have both re­ported an “alarm­ing rise” in fly-tip­ping across west Lon­don, which they said will be tack­led with hefty fines.

The amount of rub­bish be­ing ditched in be­com­ing haz­ardous Hilling­don res­i­dent Maggie Ditch­burn

PHOTO: MAGGIE DITCH­BURN

Above, fur­ni­ture, mat­tresses and large amounts of rub­bish have been dumped un­der the A40 route. Above, piles of rub­bish were pho­tographed on Satur­day un­der the fly­over

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