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Gipsy site off Dering Way and Shamrock Road, Gravesend to be cleared

More than 20 tonnes of rubbish is being cleared in a major clean-up operation in Denton today.

Land near the travellers site off Dering Way and Shamrock Road is being cleared in an operation expected to last for three weeks.

Some derelict structures are to be pulled down and land owned by Gravesham council and Southern Water is being fenced off.

Grassland will also be fenced off to prevent stray horses grazing along the roadside.

Stray horses have been grazing on the land without permission and have caused problems for motorists and other road users so the council stepped in to discuss the problem with residents.

Firefighters were called out earlier this year to rubbish on fire
Firefighters were called out earlier this year to rubbish on fire

It is not known who owns many of the animals, which constitute a danger on the highway.

The rubbish has accumulated over several years due to fly-tipping and dumping on the site.

It is estimated that at least 20 tonnes will have to be removed and the site restored.

The first work will be to drill boreholes to check the land for any contamination.

The results of those tests will determine how the rubbish is cleared.

The council is employing specialist contractors to carry out the clearance work and put up fencing.

Residents of the eight caravans on the site have been consulted and are being updated on the progress of the work.

They have agreed to remove the unauthorised structures.

The operation is being carried out in conjunction with other landowners in the area and Kent Police.

Extra security measures, including CCTV, are being installed to ensure the area is safe.

The exact likely cost will not be known until the works are further advanced.

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