FLY-TIPPED rubbish has sparked anger among residents after a council took more than a week to clear it up.
The mess, which saw waste strewn across bushes and up trees, was dumped in Pigeon House Lane, Southwick, on Saturday, November 8.
Samantha Mills, who lives in Paulsgrove, often walks her dogs down the country lane. She spotted the mess.
Ms Mills, a school worker, said: ‘It’s sad. It’s nice countryside and we don’t want to have it ruined like that.
‘It was household waste, strewn everywhere. It was disgusting.’
Ms Mills even spotted a utility bill lying on the top of the rubbish, with a name and an address in Angerstein Road, North End, printed on it.
She immediately reported the fly-tipping to Portsmouth City Council, which passed her to Winchester City Council.
She rang and told officers about the fly-tipping, and even sent them photos of the waste and bill, and says it took them more than a week to clear it up.
The 44-year-old said: ‘I rang them and when they didn’t get back to me, I e-mailed them.
‘When they finally replied, they said that as the bag had been tampered with they couldn’t prosecute the man.
‘I did not tamper with the bag. The man’s name was lying there and the council didn’t seem that bothered about it.’
Ward councillor Neil Cutler said there was a problem with fly-tipping in that area. He urged people to be vigilant and to check the credentials of anybody who they use to take away waste.
He said: ‘People should always ask to see their waste carrier’s licence. They need to be alert and report fly-tipping as soon as possible. Once there is stuff fly-tipped in an area, it encourages more fly-tipping, It is a continuing problem.’
It appeared the occupants had moved out of the house in Angerstein Road when The News called yesterday.