Dumped rubbish will not be movedBy Hugh Fort
June 20, 2012
A huge pile of illegally dumped rubbish will stay put until the owner of the land is found.
The pile of old paint pots, clothes, cardboard boxes and even an old television that has been left in the woods at Broadmoor Bottom in Sandhurst is growing and is causing an eyesore, according to dog walkers.
Bracknell Forest Council has received a number of complaints, but is powerless to remove it as the rubbish has been dumped on private land.
Environmental health staff at the authority are hunting for the owner, but the mound will not be removed until they are found.
The Crowthorne & Sandhurst Times was contacted by Sian Pocock, who walks her dog in the area.
She said: “It’s horrible and it seems to be getting bigger and bigger each time I go there.
“I think someone has gone down there and dumped it, but people are seeing it there and adding their own stuff to it.
“I know a lot of people have phoned the council but they aren’t doing anything about it.
“It’s just going to get worse and worse unless someone clears it up.
“It’s pretty disgusting to see all those old paint cans when you’re walking your dog so I hope something is done soon.”
Steve Loudoun, chief officer for public protection, said: “We have been made aware of fly-tipping in woodland at Broadmoor Bottom, Sandhurst.
“This is privately-owned land and the land owner is a victim.
“We have yet to establish who the land owner is so we can talk to them about their need to remove the fly-tipped material.
“We look to work with land owners in such circumstance so the fly-tipped waste is removed as soon as possible and, where possible, that they take appropriate measures to prevent further problems.
“All cases of fly-tipping reported to the council are investigated, with a view to identifying the responsible person and taking the appropriate enforcement action.
“We follow up any leads we may get as to the potential source of any fly-tip and are grateful to members of the public who help us in that regard.”
Anyone with information on fly-tipping can call the council's environmental health department on (01344) 352 000.