Neighbour’s fury as mountain of rubbish piles up outside cottage
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Upminster residents have been left furious at a six feet mountain of rubbish outside their homes.
An investigation by Havering Council found the late owner of a property in Aveley Road had a son, who had advertised the cottage garden as a tip for waste disposal.
It resulted in tonnes of rubbish - including a sofa, bed, fridge, digger tyre and mounds of building waste - cover a front garden next to the road before it is burnt in towering fires.
Fed-up locals have called the police, firefighters and local council officials about the rubbish – but the piles of waste remain outside the 120-year-old countryside cottage.
At points the refuse has grown to be six feet tall and spilled out onto the busy road, where cars whizz by at 40mph, and neighbours say “huge” fires are lit once a fortnight to burn the waste.
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Locals claim flatbed trucks loaded with waste have turned up more than twice a day to dump the rubbish for nearly eight weeks.
A neighbour – who did not want to be named – said: “The fire brigade has been down here six or seven times and I don’t mean little fires, they are huge."
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The son told the Recorder that the waste had piled up after losing a family member - but refused to say more.
When asked if the mound would be tidied up, he answered: “Yeah, yeah, of course it is.”
Council environment enforcement officers have served a community protection notice and officers have been in regular contact with the London Fire Brigade, Environment Agency and the son.
Havering Council leader Damian White said: "We have been dealing with an issue of significant amounts of rubbish being burned on private land.
"Last week, matters escalated as the rubbish had started to spill on to the grass verge outside the house, causing a potential road hazard and having a major impact on the local environment.
“The council attended the site and took immediate action to clear the rubbish.
"Officers continue to deal with the waste that remains on the private land, in partnership with the Environment Agency and London Fire Brigade."