Fly tipping is a "blight on our community"
By Faversham Times | Thursday, January 23, 2014, 08:00
FLY-TIPPERS have littered the Faversham countryside with broken bedroom furniture.
DUMPED BED: This bed was found on Lower Road in West Faversham
RUINED: The broken furniture around this part of Faversham is ruining the countryside
ABANDONED: More waste was found along Bysing Wood Road
OUTRAGED: Mike Ivatt
A bed and wardrobe have been found by the side of the lane on Lower Road with more rubbish dumped on Bysing Wood Road.
Mike Ivatt, 44, of Woodgate Close, said it spoils what should be a beauty spot in Faversham. He said: "I drive down there quite a lot in the winter and it's usually very pretty.
"I was saying to my children how nice it is to be driving through the woods and then suddenly as we were driving round the corner there was a big pile and then there was another big pile.
"There's no need for it. The Faversham tip is just up the road. It's ruining our countryside.
"The countryside round Faversham is so nice.
"It destroyed what would otherwise have been a very nice drive through the woods.
"Obviously tourism's something we're very keen on but if people keep messing it up with rubbish it will ruin that."
Swale Borough Council is reminding residents that bulky waste can be collected.
Anyone who needs to arrange collection can call 01795 417850.
Councillor David Simmons, cabinet member for environmental and rural affairs, said: "There is no excuse for fly-tipping. We have waste collections in place, waste sites across Swale and, for a small fee, bulky items can be collected directly from your home.
"We will not tolerate this blight on our community and we will work with residents to continue to tackle fly-tipping across the borough."
Residents who arrange for a third party to collect and dispose of waste should check for a waste carrier licence.
You may be prosecuted if that waste is dumped illegally.
Contact the Environment Agency on 0870 8506506 to check waste carrier licences.