What a disgrace: The pub car park that became a tip

A PROPER TIP Rubbish in the car park of Crows Nest Public House, in Hazleton Way, Cowplain.     Picture: Allan Hutchings (110387-831)
A PROPER TIP Rubbish in the car park of Crows Nest Public House, in Hazleton Way, Cowplain. Picture: Allan Hutchings (110387-831)
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THIS is the staggering amount of rubbish which is believed to have been dumped outside an empty pub by fly-tippers.

Havant Borough Council’s environmental health team has stepped in after the eyesore was revealed when hoardings covering the Crows Nest pub, in Hazleton Way, Cowplain, were pulled back recently.

Planning permission has been given to develop the pub’s car park into three bungalows and hoardings were put up around the building to stop people breaking in.

Once they were taken down the mess was revealed.

Now Councillor David Keast, from Havant Borough Council, has stepped in to get something done about it.

The council cannot remove the rubbish because it is on private land. But it can put pressure on the landowners to clear it away, with the threat of court action which could lead to a fine.

Cllr Keast said: ‘It is an absolute disgrace, probably the very worst fly-tip I have ever seen.

‘There must be several lorry loads of rubbish there to be taken away.

‘Because it’s on private land it’s not something the council can deal with, it’s down to the owner who we are urgently trying to get in touch with.

‘Our environmental health team and our enforcement officers are on to it now.

‘It just can’t be left like that. It looks awful.

‘There is so much there that someone must have seen someone dumping it.

‘I would urge anyone with any information to contact the council as soon as possible.

‘I’d like to know why the hoardings were removed because they should have protected the site against just this sort of thing.

‘It’s a complete eyesore and whoever did this needs to be brought to justice.’

The owner of the site, Acres Developments, was given permission in August to build three bungalows next to the pub.

But in December, the borough council’s planning committee turned down an application to demolish the pub and build four new properties.

The committee felt the pub was an important local amenity and more should have been done to market it as a going concern before knocking it down for housing.

The News attempted to contact Acres Developments, based in Sandbanks, Dorset, and the company’s agents Archial, but neither responded to our request for an interview.

To report flytippers to the council call (023) 9247 4174 or go to havant.gov.uk.