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'Toxic waste' pile dumped outside Eastwell Church, Ashford

A huge pile of rubbish – including “toxic” chicken manure – has been dumped outside Eastwell Church.

Resident John Hardie said the rubbish was dumped nearly two weeks ago.

He said: “Ashford Borough Council say it is private land and they have nothing to do with it.

A huge pile of rubbish - including toxic chicken manure - was dumped outside Eastwell
A huge pile of rubbish - including toxic chicken manure - was dumped outside Eastwell

“I don’t see how it is private land as it’s been dumped in a lay-by off a road.

“It’s revolting and there is even chicken manure in there, which should not be dumped anywhere with all the diseases around.

“It’s toxic waste, so surely it’s an environmental health problem?”

Mr Hardie said the dumping was especially bad timing as the church prepared to welcome families and young children to its Easter services last weekend.

He said: “Nobody seems to want to do anything about it.

“I just want somebody to clear it up. There were going to be a lot of children there over the weekend.”

This dumping comes just after worrying figures show a rise in cases of fly-tipping in Kent since 2013, although Ashford’s figure has actually fallen.

The rubbish pile
The rubbish pile

Figures show councils dealt with almost 20,000 incidents of dumped rubbish in the past 12 months – a rise of about 3,000 compared to three years earlier.

There were a total of 19,547 cases in the 12 months from April last year, compared to 21,014 from 2014 to 2015 and 16,661 from 2013 to 2014.

Ashford’s fly-tipping figures have decreased from 946 in 2012-13 to 800 in 2015-16. Nationally, councils reported 936,090 cases of fly-tipping in 2015-16, costing almost £50 million to clear up.

A spokesman for Ashford council said: “We have been made aware of the fly-tip outside Eastwell Church. The waste has been left on private land therefore it is the landowner’s responsibility to remove it and dispose of it.”

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