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Deal historian Simon Gregory battles to stop rubbish dumping at Sandwich Bay

A clean-up campaigner has been battling for four years to stop a beauty spot being trashed with rubbish.

Now Simon Gregory is dreading this coming August Bank Holiday as he fears visitors to Sandwich Bay.will be shocked to see the piles of filth there.

Rubbish found at Sandwich Bay Picture: Simon Gregory
Rubbish found at Sandwich Bay Picture: Simon Gregory

Mr Gregory, of Deal, has come across items such as metal sheeting and fishing tackle, which endangers people and wildlife.

Latest pictures he has provided show a car tyre, plastic bottle crate and fishing nets.

He usually finds it on the beach land opposite the Prince’s golf course as he cycles the length of the bay

He told KentOnline: "I cannot have failed to notice the dozen or so huge piles of hazardous waste deposited.

"For more than four years I have sought the removal of this dangerous waste.

Rubbish found at Sandwich Bay Picture: Simon Gregory
Rubbish found at Sandwich Bay Picture: Simon Gregory

"This stretch of beautiful coastline is favoured all-year-round by strollers, joggers, swimmers, cyclists, dog walkers, horse riders and bathers.

"August Bank Holiday looms. The mounds of hazardous waste remain to blight this popular natural beauty site."

Mr Gregory has taken the matter up with his MP, Natalie Elphicke, who has in turn raised the matter with Dover District Council in an effort to get the area cleaned up.

A Dover District Council spokesman said: "We are aware of this matter, and are working with community partners to look into what can be done.

"However, this is on private land, and the removal of this waste is not a matter for which the Council is responsible."

Simon Gregory is a local historian and author who is a former contributor to the Mercury Memories local history column in the Dover and East Kent Mercury newspapers.

Last year to published two books, firstly Secret Deal and Walmer, which tells of little known facts and features of the area.

The other book was his first novel, The Rattling Cat, about smugglers in Deal in the late 18th century.

Mr Gregory has also been a comedy and character actor for more than 40 years, working in theatres across Britain.

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