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Plans to shut Sunnings Lane, Upminster, after huge fly-tip found blocking road

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:48 02 December 2016

A fly-tip blocking the road in Sunnings Lane   Credit: Andrew Mangion

A fly-tip blocking the road in Sunnings Lane Credit: Andrew Mangion

Andrew Mangion

A campaign is underway to close a section of a country lane as another "massive" fly-tip has been found blocking the road.

Residents in Sunnings Lane found a huge pile of waste had been dumped in the middle of the road on Friday, blocking the access.

This is not the first time residents have been surprised with huge amounts of rubbish and one resident, who preferred not to be named, said he sent the council more than 200 pictures of fly tips in the area over the last two years.

Sunnings Lane resident Nigel Gallimore said: “It’s a massive pile of rubbish. About two weeks ago it was a pile of rubble and construction material. This is happening on a weekly basis now but it doesn’t usually block the road.

“It’s becoming a real problem. I have lived here 25 years but in the last year it has got much worse.

“I think the solution is to shut part of the lane.”

Upminster Cllr Linda Hawthorn told the Recorder: “I have been campaigning for part of the lane to be shut for many years. The lane could be shut after the residential area and up to the junction with Bramble Lane.

“This is the only way I can think of to stop this from happening again. Those lanes are not really needed and it would make a nice walk to Bramble Lane.”

Cllr Hawthorn confirmed council officers were looking into the feasibility of the plan.

Cllr Ron Ower said the council would clear the lane on Wednesday.

He added: “Sadly, it’s happening regularly and the council are trying to stop it by installing CCTV cameras. We really feel for the residents there but it’s happening all around the area because there is huge money to be made for these organised gangs.”

Other residents took to social media to report of other similar incidents. One woman wrote on Facebook: “Dunnings Lane seems to suffer too with dumping of household appliances (three or four at a time!) and Fen Lane was blocked on Friday night by a similar ‘dropped load’ highly dangerous and environmentally damaging. Am sure if this happened on Hall Lane then there would be a far bigger outcry and subsequent action.”

The council has been contacted for comment.

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