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CRIME: Fury as 'nothing done to stop' fly-tippers dumping in Maidstone woodland

Wednesday 28th April 2021

A MAN from Maidstone has called on Maidstone Borough Council to do more to deter fly-tippers from targeting woodland close to his home.

Shopping trolleys, suitcases, empty bottles and even a copper cylinder have been dumped in Senacre woods.

Resident Vincent Jasper said the site looks like Armageddon and managed to collect more than 24 bags of rubbish in just one weekend.

Mr Jasper, who has lived in Maidstone for 40 years, said: “It is overwhelming and such a disgrace. This is way beyond our litter picking remit, you need a six-wheel track vehicle to tackle this mess. It looks like a glade.

“I am all for adventure, and this is the sort of place I would have come as a boy, but this is very unsafe and extremely anti-social.”

Cllr Eddie Powell said: “This is not going away. This is almost on an industrial scale. I am horrified by it.

“The rest of the woodland has had thousands spent on it and looks beautiful, but this area has been completely neglected by MBC. It’s sad.”

The next litter picking event is set for May 1 at 10am at the entrance to the wood on Graveny Road.

MBC has been contacted for comment.