Abandoned waste poses danger
A local business has hit out at Thurrock council’s failure to combat fly tipping on the industrial estate in Stanford le Hope, stating it has become ‘hazardous’ for staff and customers.
The business, who did not wish to be named told The Enquirer: “This is an ongoing problem with sofas, fridges, rubbish and even a lorry being dumped in the middle of the road.
“This causes serious hazards for staff and customers driving onto the site and enormous expense for the businesses on the site.
“Even though the road is private the estate is forbidden from installing a gate by the council to prevent people from fly tipping.
“It is another example of the council not supporting local businesses that employ local people and support the community.
“Our business alone employs over 45 local people and with the other businesses on the site hundreds of people in the community are supported by them.”
“I really getting annoyed with Thurrock Council. We are fed up with clearing the sites ourselves and we want some help from our local government.”
Councillor Jack Duffin from the Thurrock Independents told the Enquirer: “Due to the Conservative Administration’s soft approach to fly tipping and unauthorised traveller sites, we have seen dumping across Thurrock become more and more common.
“This repeated fly tipping across Thurrock has clearly put the health of local residents at risk.
“At the last full council meeting, The Thurrock Independents proposed and successfully secured a motion to conduct a full and wide ranging environmental review of the borough.”
Images of the road show the rubbish dumped on the lead up to the industrial estate on Wharf Way.
The road had been cleaned just the day before by all the businesses on the site along with their staff.
They have cleaned the road and spending thousands of pounds removing the rubbish.
The business continued: “The businesses are not receiving any support from the council to manage the problem – so why are they paying business rates? What are they paying for nothing.
“Thurrock council must act as soon as possible to deal with this problem and clamp down on fly tipping.
“With plans to add 32,000 extra homes to Thurrock over the next few years it is likely that fly tipping is only going to become even worse as resources are stretched even further.”
by FRANCESCA LILEYSTONE