Anger as armchair left on a bridge over the motorway

Fly-tipping on land at the bottom of Sheepwash Lane and Padnell Road, Cowplain
Fly-tipping on land at the bottom of Sheepwash Lane and Padnell Road, Cowplain

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FLY-TIPPERS have been condemned after dumping a mountain of rubbish – and even leaving an armchair perched on a bridge over a motorway.

Mary Jones was horrified when she went on a country walk with her grandchildren and found a pile of junk.

The mess was discovered along Sheepwash Lane, a bridleway that runs through woodland and countryside at the end of Padnell Road, Cowplain.

The armchair was dumped on the bridge over the A3(M).

Mrs Jones, of Greenfield Crescent, Cowplain, said: ‘I was horrified to see a huge load of furniture, a sofa, chair, mattress, fridge/freezer dumped at the end of the lane at the rise to the footbridge over the motorway.

‘This is an obvious eyesore and more worrying is that an armchair has been dragged on to the bridge over the motorway, a very worrying and obvious hazard.

Fly-tipping at the bottom of Sheepwash Lane and Padnell Road, Cowplain, spotted by reader Mary Jones

Fly-tipping at the bottom of Sheepwash Lane and Padnell Road, Cowplain, spotted by reader Mary Jones

‘I think the only way this amount of furniture could be dumped there was by a van, which means someone has potentially paid to have house clearance done and this is where it has ended up.

‘I do hope whichever local council is responsible for this area is able to clear this hazard and eyesore.’

She added: ‘It’s a beautiful walk and it’s been spoilt.’

Mrs Jones has notified East Hampshire and Havant councils and the police about the fly-tipping.

Cowplain Councillor David Keast said he would be looking into the incident.

He said the culprits must be local to know the location, which is quite isolated.

He told The News: ‘I’m very disappointed because it costs money to move it and it’s money the council has not got.

‘That’s the really sad part about it.

‘I hope they have left evidence so we can find out who has dumped it.’