Waste dump turns away woman over advertising
A A hypnotherapist was stopped from using a tip over
fears she was dumping business waste.
Driving her Land Rover to the
Pepperhill recycling centre in Station Road, Southfleet, mum-of-one
Andrea Leistra was told to leave because she might be dumping
In reality, she was ditching some
branches and some old clothes.
The 42-year-old, who runs Invicta
Hypnotherapy at Waterman House, Lord Street, Gravesend, said: "My
car is a Land Rover Discovery and has some advertising on the side
for my hypnotherapy practice.
"At the tip, they said we were not
allowed in as the advertising turned our private car into a
commercial van. It’s clear what my business is. It makes you wonder
what commercial waste they think I’m carrying."
Andrea, who lives in Singlewell Road,
Gravesend, has one other vehicle – a motorbike.
She added: "We were told by KCC that
Land Rovers and Range Rovers are no longer admitted as builders use
cars like these to carry rubbish. It has all of its seats and
leather interior and is hardly the kind of car builders would use
to transport waste.
"If you wanted to avoid it though,
surely you could just buy a cheap second-hand car and dump it like
that? It doesn’t make much sense."
Sue Barton, waste manager at KCC, said
the changes, brought in at the beginning of October, came about
because of public opinion.
She said: "Unfortunately, there have
been a small number of traders who decide to flout this rule and we
have responded to wide public opinion to prevent this from
happening by introducing these restrictions.
"The changes bring Kent in line with
most other authorities, including Medway, by preventing access for
"We recognise that a few households
have a single vehicle which is a commercial vehicle.
"In these circumstances, if the
commercial vehicle is under two metres in height and weighs less
than 3.5 tonnes, then the householders may apply for the exception
"This will give them vouchers that
will enable them to deposit household waste only."
Andrea added: "The scheme is for
commercial vehicles, which I don’t have, so there should be some
other form of exemption for private cars that may have advertising
for any kind of business, which so obviously do not produce waste
of any kind."
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