Fly-tipping sites leave countryside looking like a tip

Fly tipping off Lockswood Road''''Picture: ''Gill Holloway
Fly tipping off Lockswood Road''''Picture: ''Gill Holloway

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FLY-TIPPERS have been condemned for leaving piles of junk in two country lanes.

Household waste, including a mattress, and possible asbestos material were dumped in Swanwick and Locks Heath.

jpns-18-08-14-004 Fly Tipping in Coal Park Lane'Asbestos'Since 7th June 2014 I have been contacting Fareham Borough Council requesting they have the rubbish and asbestos cleared from Coal Park Lane.

jpns-18-08-14-004 Fly Tipping in Coal Park Lane'Asbestos'Since 7th June 2014 I have been contacting Fareham Borough Council requesting they have the rubbish and asbestos cleared from Coal Park Lane.

Dog-walker Gill Holloway spotted both sites and immediately reported them to Fareham Borough Council.

But nearly three months later, one of the sites remains covered in potentially-hazardous material.

Gill, 74, said: ‘I was walking my dog when I saw a massive pile of fly-tipping.

‘I contacted the council but it had to investigate whose land the rubbish was on.’

The site in Coal Park Lane, Swanwick, is on land owned by National Air Traffic Services.

It has been contacted by the council to clear the site.

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of the council, said: ‘When Gill made us aware of the situation we had to see if it was on our land.

‘It’s on land owned by Nats so we have contacted them and told them they need to clear it as soon as possible.

‘If they don’t, we will do it and bill them.

‘It could become very expensive for them.’

The second site was spotted more recently by Gill, from Locks Heath Park Road, Locks Heath, who helps her neighbour with footpath checks for Hampshire County Council.

Gill said: ‘I was walking along footpath number 13 at Lockswood Road, when I saw another load of fly-tipping.

‘I have never seen any dumped rubbish before in this area so it was surprising to see it twice.

‘It’s very uncommon but it needs to be sorted quickly. It just ruins the area for everyone.’

Again, the borough council had to find out if the land was its.

Cllr Woodward added: ‘Like the Swanwick site, the fly-tipping in Locks Heath isn’t on council land.

‘But because it looks like household waste, we could get an identity of the fly-tipper for a prosecution. We will aim to clear it soon.

‘Anywhere you get country lanes, you get people who take advantage and dump rubbish.’

As previously reported in The News, the county council is holding a consultation to see where it could save money on tips.

There have been fears from residents in Fareham that it could lead to more fly-tipping.

Gill said: ‘If any tips were shut, it would definitely increase the amount of fly-tipping.’