FAMILIES were left marooned at home when a fly-tipper blocked their road by dumping a huge pile of junk.
People living in Whitedell Lane in Fareham were shocked to find their road blocked with the rubbish yesterday morning.
Made up of what looks like asbestos, the homeowners were forced to stay off work and their children couldn’t go to school.
They have reported the incident to Fareham Borough Council which is looking to clear it as fast as it can.
Resident Anneke Ring said the fly-tipper has affected the families.
She said: ‘When we woke to find the rubbish dumped we were shocked.
‘It was dumped right on the junction of Nine Elms Lane and Whitedell Lane, stopping us from getting out.
‘We don’t know what it is so we don’t want to move it ourselves.
‘It could have something sharp in it or it could be asbestos – that’s what it looks like.’
Whitedell Lane is a single-lane road, only wide enough for one car. Anneke added: ‘Because the road is so small, we can’t get around the rubbish because it is blocking the whole road.
‘My son had to stay off school because we had no way of getting out of the road.
‘I know a number of my neighbours were forced to take the day off work because they had no way of getting there. We live on country lanes so access can be difficult.’
Yesterday, the residents asked a nearby farmer if he could open a gate which would allow them to get onto Nine Elms Lane via different route.
Anneke said: ‘Luckily, we got in touch with a farmer who opened his gate allowing us to drive past his farm on to a different road. This then follows through to Nine Elms Lane.
‘But we can’t do that every time we want to nip out because it’s not fair. What’s worse is that no one can get to us, so if there was an emergency, a fire engine or ambulance couldn’t get to the houses.
‘It’s so dangerous because of one person who decided to dump their rubbish.’
Anneke added that the council had a good response time when other fly-tipping had occurred. She said it was normally removed within two days.
Fareham Borough Council said it had no other reported incidents in the area.
Director of environmental services, Paul Doran said: ‘The council provides plenty of facilities for residents to dispose of waste, unwanted goods and materials.
‘However, if you see an area of fly-tipping you should report it to us straight away with as much information as possible, including what the waste looks like, how much there is and a description and registration number of any vehicle involved.
‘Arrangements will then be made to remove the waste and pursue a prosecution if appropriate.’