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Anger at dumped rubbish

Fly tipping at the back on the petrol station on Gin Close Way, Awsworth.
Fly tipping at the back on the petrol station on Gin Close Way, Awsworth.

A resident in Awsworth says she is “disgusted” at fly-tipping in the village, which she says has been there months.

Gail Smith has reported the rubbish dumped behind the Shell filling station on Gin Close Way, adding that it has been there since December and has got worse and worse over time.

She said: “I just think it’s disgusting, it really is.

“There are fridges and all sorts of rubbish, right next to a stream. Some of it is in the water.

“That water could be infected now. It’s not good. And then there’s the wildlife.

“It’s just horrendous. It’s become a dumping place.

“People just think they can dump stuff wherever and whenever. It’s an eyesore.”

Nano Jassey, garage manager, said he had reported the fly-tipping several times and nothing seems to have been done.

“It’s been going on for a while now and we have got in touch with the authorities about it.

“We have been reporting it since last year. Someone came out to have a look and they have been to have a word with some of the businesses around here.

“It does give us problems, because it makes the site look scruffy. As people drive around the forecourt to the exit they can see all the rubbish.

“There’s fridges, computer equipment, cans all sorts. And the water cannot flow so there’s blockages.”

Ms Smith, of Meadow Road, has reported it to Councillor Richard Robinson, Broxtowe Borough Council member for Kimberley.

Coun Robinson, who has now reported it to the director of planning at Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “I went to have a look down there with Gail and we were both concerned about contamination with the water.

“Whatever is there, it needs to be removed.

“If there are children playing down there, or if the stream connects with another water route elsewhere it’s a worry. It’s potential contamination.

“I’m now waiting for a response from the council on the matter.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The council takes fly- tipping very seriously and we are investigating this as a priority.”

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “Due to the amount of waste involved, this incident of fly-tipping would be dealt with by the local council. Our specialists have confirmed that, although dumping waste is unacceptable, in the short term computer equipment in the water should not cause environmental damage.”