Thurrock Council angry at picking up £4,000 fly-tipping bill

THURROCK Council are picking up the costs and the rubbish left by fly-tippers along Fort Road, Tilbury.

On Monday (11 April) the environment team visited various sites along the road to collect discarded rubble, fridges, fruit machines and tyres.

The cost to clean up the mess is estimated to reach £4,000.

Steve Cox, Corporate Director of Place and Environment explained it isn’t the job of the council to clean it up.

He said: “The sites are located on unregistered ground where there is no private owner but neither is it public highway and the responsibility of the council.

“Whenever it occurs, fly tipping is unsightly if not dangerous and we often see one fly tip grow or attract more, so we’ve decided to clear it up again on this occasion with the cost being bourne by the council tax payers, just a few weeks after we did it before.

“Staff cleaning up extra rubbish impacts on their ability to complete their regular tasks within time and as a result can cause a backlog.

“There are a number of disposal methods available to residents – including the tip in Linford, which opens seven days a week. You can check out specific items here:”

He explained: “By reporting fly-tipping as its happening you can help us prosecute the companies and individuals treating Thurrock as a dumping ground, meaning the clear up costs are paid by them and not by you.

Fly-tipping is illegal and can be reported to the council via the free to download Report it App or through the website.

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