Fly-tipping mess on Portsdown Hill ‘is ruining our beauty spot’

DANGER Asbestos dumped on Portsdown Hill Road, at the entrance to a small piece of MoD land a few hundred yards to the west of the driving test centre.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (120365-2)
DANGER Asbestos dumped on Portsdown Hill Road, at the entrance to a small piece of MoD land a few hundred yards to the west of the driving test centre. Picture: Paul Jacobs (120365-2)
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THIS mountain of mess is blighting one of the area’s most cherished beauty spots.

Parts of Portsdown Hill have become a dumping ground for fly-tippers, who have taken no shame in leaving fridges, televisions, tyres, rubble and aerosols.

MESS Fly-tipping has become prevalent again on Portsdown Hill Road.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (120352-8064)

MESS Fly-tipping has become prevalent again on Portsdown Hill Road. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120352-8064)

Even more sickeningly, asbestos appears to have been dumped on Ministry of Defence land.

Much of the mess is around lay-bys, which are seen as easy targets for drivers to commit their crime and make a quick getaway.

Their actions were today deplored by environmentalists.

Ray Cobbett, from Emsworth, co-ordinator for Hampshire Friends of the Earth, said: ‘There’s absolutely no excuse in the world for this.

‘It’s a “couldn’t care less” attitude. What they are doing is damaging to the whole community.

‘The whole thing is offensive. It’s unforgivable.’

The asbestos has been dumped on land near to Portsmouth Driving Test Centre.

News reader Maureen Francis, from Waterlooville, spotted the mess and was shocked.

She said: ‘I would urge anyone witnessing such activities to report them to the authorities. As more of our countryside is being developed what is left will be one glorious tip.’

Around one million fly-tipping incidents are reported in England every year – but there are prosecutions in fewer than one in 400 cases. The penalty is a fine of up to £50,000 and prison.

People can face a fine of £5,000 if they don’t check if a person or company they give waste to is properly licensed.

Some of fly-tipping at Portsdown Hill is believed to be on Winchester City Council land, while some may be on private farmland.

A council spokeswoman said rangers would be going out today to arrange for the removal of the mess on public land.

She added: ‘We would urge people to contact the council if they see any fly-tipping.’

The asbestos is being dealt with by the MoD, assisted by Fareham Borough Council. A spokeswoman said: ‘We just want to get it removed.’