FLYTIPPERS have been condemned after dumping mounds of rubbish next to a beach and blocking a road.
On one of the busiest weekends of the year when thousands of visitors were enjoying the America’s Cup, this was the unsightly pile of mess that greeted beach-goers at Eastney.
Offenders look to have struck under the cover of darkness on the road to Eastney beach, off Fort Cumberland Road.
The mountain of rubbish included building waste, plasterboard, furniture and plastics – left just yards from the local nature reserve that supports a variety of wildlife.
It meant the road was blocked to emergency services throughout the weekend.
A 40-year-old local resident, who did not want to be named, told The News: ‘I first noticed it when I was taking the dog for a walk and was really shocked.
‘At first I saw one pile of it, but then realised there were more mounds of rubbish all along the road.
‘It’s just disrespectful.
‘It’s not the first time it’s happened and people seem to think this part of Portsmouth is a dumping ground and they can get away with it because it’s dark and quiet at night.
‘It’s right next to a nature reserve which has all kinds of wildlife.
‘It’s just sad that people don’t have more respect for this lovely part of the city.’
Last summer the entrance to the beach was marred by a pile of flytipped waste.
Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Fly-tipping anywhere in the city is something we come down on very hard.
‘We have a number of enforcement officers and people will be prosecuted if they are caught.
‘The rubbish will be cleared in the next 24 hours to ensure access is open again for everybody, particularly emergency services. We will be making enquiries to find out who committed the offence.’
The maximum fine for fly-tipping is £3m for companies and £95,000 for individuals.
Cllr Jones added: ‘It’s a criminal offence for a reason.
‘It creates a public nuisance and can create a health and safety risk.
‘There are a number of tips in the area at Port Solent, Fareham and Havant and there’s no excuse for people not to use the tips. It’s irresponsible and very selfish when it’s blocking a road.’
Last year The News launched a campaign, backed by local councils, to encourage people to report fly-tippers.