Fly-tippers leave 50 tonnes of waste in Upminster woodland
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A forest ranger is fed up with fly-tippers after metal barriers were broken into and 50 tonnes worth of waste was left in a woodland.
“Disgusted” ranger Clare Rowley is outraged that a further £8,000 had to be spent on clearing up rubbish rather than on “community engagement” following the latest incident at Bonnetts Wood in Gerpins Lane, Upminster.
The clear-up of rubbish – the latest being left by lorries on November 17 – has cost the Forestry Commission, which owns the land, £13,300 in two years, clearing up after 30 previous incidents in its nine Havering woodlands.
Clare said: “It’s more than just irresponsible, it’s anti-social, dangerous and disgusting – especially in our case, where visitors, including children and dogs could get into contact with the waste.”
The ranger, who has had other victims of fly-tipping raise concerns with her, added: “It’s also costing hard working farmers and land owners thousands of pounds to clear up each time and to maintain their site security, when they can ill-afford to do so.”
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The community woodland has resorted to erecting concrete blocks and high-security padlocks after it had to fork out a further £4,000 on barrier repairs and security improvements.
Cabinet member for environment Cllr Robert Benham said: “Land owners shouldn’t have to bear the cost of clearing a fly tip, but neither should the public purse. That’s why we ask people to keep their eyes and ears open, and report anything they see or hear.
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“This helps us, the police and the Environment Agency to catch offenders and bring them to justice.”
Havering Council dealt with almost 4,000 fly tips last year costing taxpayers £175,000.
An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: “People should register it with us on our database too so our crime team can deal with it.”
Suspicious activity can be reported to the police on 101.