Anger as fly-tipping plagues quiet street

EYESORE The fly-tipping off Lombardy Rise, Waterlooville
EYESORE The fly-tipping off Lombardy Rise, Waterlooville

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THIS pile of mess was dumped in woodland by fly-tippers.

The building material and plastic – now the eyesore that greets you as enter Lombardy Rise in Waterlooville – has angered residents.

EYESORE The fly-tipping off Lombardy Rise, Waterlooville

EYESORE The fly-tipping off Lombardy Rise, Waterlooville

Ann James, who lives in Lombardy Rise, got in touch with The News to highlight the fly-tipped mess after struggling to get anyone to take it away.

The rubbish has been nestled among the trees and undergrowth for about a week.

But when Mrs James contacted Havant Borough Council, she says she was told she would have to contact the Land Registry to find out who owns the land.

By law, if land is privately-owned, it is the responsibility of the landowner to remove the fly-tipped waste and not the local authority.

However, local councils often do end up removing the mess because the rubbish can fester into a bigger problem that blights a community.

Mrs James, 73, a retired IBM worker, said: ‘As you come into Lombardy Rise, it’s on the left-hand side as you turn into the road.

‘It really is horrible. Will it stay there forever?’

Mrs James deplored fly-tipping.

‘It’s awful,’ she said.

‘When I was a child, if you had rubbish, you took it down to the tip.’

Mrs James has now written to Sandy Hopkins, the chief executive of the council, to ask for help.

Councillor Mike Fairhurst, Havant’s operational services leader, said he would look into the matter.

As reported, The News has joined forces with local councils to fight back against fly-tipping and encourage people to report offenders.

If you have a story about fly-tipping please call Jeff Travis or Elise Brewerton on (023) 9249 2444.