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Tip costs ‘will lead tomore fly-tipping’

Panto ahoy!

A PLAN to charge homeowners to use their local tip will cause more illegal fly-tipping and penalise the law-abiding, it has beenwarned.

THE cast of Cinderella, which is to be staged at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maid- stone, took to the River Medway to launch this year's panto. On board The Kentish Lady were national treasure Rustie Lee (Fairy Godmother), former EastEnder Ste- fan Booth (Prince Charming), Eliza- beth Bright (Cinderella), Craig Anderson (Buttons) and, pictured, Stephen Richards and Adam Bor- zone (Ugly Sisters) . They were greeted by pupils from

CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

black sack for certain items is pro- posed by the county council as a money-saving exercise and tomeet an increase in demand. While borough councillors agree

thatKCChas tomeet its increasing disposal challenges, Maidstone BoroughCouncil (MBC)will be left to deal with fly-tipping. Tovil tip is the only one serving the resi- dents ofMaidstone borough. The charges for domestic users

CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a country road have been made by the local borough councillor.

Burberry Lane, near Leeds and Broomfield, has been targeted by waste dumpers for years, but in re- cent months, the problem has be- come more acute. Constructionwaste, rubble, hard

would relate to soil, rubble, hard core, plasterboard and variousDIY products, including ceramic baths, breeze blocks, bricks, concrete and flagstones,with a limit of five bags a day. Alternatively, residents could

hire skips or contractors licensed to legally dispose ofwaste. Borough councillor for Leeds,

core, windows and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn in the middle of the road. Cllr Gill Fort said: “Every month

we are having toilets, sinks and construction waste dumped in the village, specifically in Burberry Lane, where we are now thinking of installing cameras on private land, to oversee the problem area.” A recent event in Burberry Lane

saw a caravan burned out while a torched car remains on a footpath

Gill Fort (pictured), has been cam- paigning for years to stop illegal fly-tipping in herward, not least in Burberry Lane. MBC was part of a wider initiative to crack down on il- legal dumpers but residents say the problemhas gotworse, not better. Cllr Fort, who has called for

CCTV to be installed in hotspots, added: “The issue is simply not en- forced. The problems in my ward have actually got worse in recent months, not better. “The latest instance in Burberry

nearby, more than a year after it was dumped and set on fire. The church car park has also seen

many instances of illegal dumping. But it is a problem in many rural

areas including Langley, Otham and Kingswood. Water Lane in Bearsted and Pilgrims Way have also been targeted recently. Last year, Maidstone Borough Council cleared 911 cases of fly-tip- ping and this year more than 163 have been recorded since April. The approaching darker evenings will prompt a rise in illegal tipping. Cllr Fort welcomed a joint initia-

tive by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on

Lane is a disgrace, but I hear the same thing from colleagues in other parts. Charging peoplemay- only encourage more illegal tip- ping.” Regional Director Robin Ed-

unlicensed waste carriers, but be- lieves the cost to small firms of dis- posing of construction waste at a transfer station is proving a deter- rent that is costing councils more. Cllr Fort made her remarks as

wards, of CLA South East, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, across Kent said: “Much good work is being done in Kent bringing offenders to justice, and there have been several recent cases of offenders being prosecuted. But we would not want to see these proposed charges result in an increase in fly-tipping cases in the Garden of England.” According to government fig-

one of the borough’s closest trans- fer stations at North Farm, Tun- bridge Wells, announced it will be closed for 10weeks. She added: “If you go along the

ures, therewere nearly 80,000 inci- dents of fly-tipping in the South East during 2016-17 and around one million nationally. In the last year, it is estimated that fly-tipping cost local authorities across the country nearly £58million to clear. Borough councillor Martin

line of increasing fines, they have to be enforced. A reduction in the charge or offering it free may have the desired similar effect.” Athree-monthly litter pick on the mile-long stretch of road through Leeds village produces an average 32 black sacks of rubbish.

Cllr Fort, who also serves as a

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Round, whose ward is in Head- corn, says fly-tipping in the village and in Ulcombe is a weekly occur- rence. He cited a recent incident that closed Baker Road for two days after a driver emptied the contents of a lorry in the street and drove off. Cllr Round said: “As always, 90% of the community are law-abiding

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parish councillor, says teaching children about social responsibility and the issue of litter in schools will help take the issue off the streets. She believes with every household receiving a weekly refuse collection service, there is no excuse for litter being thrown from vehicles or dumped in the road.

and would accept the charge. It is the minority, who are unconcerned about disposing of rubbish ille- gally, who will ignore it.” He believes larger fines, more en-

ASH dieback has been discovered in Monks Meadow in Detling; Hollingbourne village fete stall- holder co-ordinator Jean Duffy has resigned; yellow lines are needed for Buffkyn Way, Otham, to allow buses through Imperial Park; rub- bish bins in the sports field in Kingswoodare to be moved over to the picnic area and rear exit.

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CONCERN is growing among the res- idents of Leeds about the increasing number of lorries ignoring the B2163 ban; two WWI memorial benches are to be installed at suitable loca- tions in Kingswood; a member of the public expressed concerns about the state of

football pitches in

Downswood; the Millennium Pond in Hollingbourne is to be cleaned.

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forcement staff and educational initiatives would be more helpful. Cllr Round says a closer working relationship between the borough and county councils could make this easier.

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VEHICLES have been driven over farmland in Lenham, causing damge to crops; an attempted break-in was reported in Detling; a vehicle was vandalised in Bearsted Rd, Weavering; pumpkins were stolen from an allotment in Lenham.

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in Detling; the rear window of a car was smashed in Kingswood; the wing mirror on a car parked outside a house was damaged; the ground floor bedroom window of a house in Lenham was smashed; a three- axle trailer was stolen from the loading yard of a company in Thurnham; there was an at- tempted burglary in Boxley.


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