Rubbish ‘chucked all over the place’ in Camberley has left pensioner fuming

The housing association that owns the land said they can't do anything about the rubbish until the offenders could be identified and charged for the clearance.

A pensioner in Camberley ’s Old Dean estate is fuming about an "absolutely atrocious" fly-tipping hotspot behind her home.

Sheila Salt, of Kingston Road, said she is fed up of people dumping rubbish on a piece of open land between Kingston Road and Surbiton Road, owned by housing association Accent Peerless.

Mrs Salt, who has lived in Kingston Road for 45 years, said the eyesore of mattresses, bed frames, furniture, prams and even a bathtub had ruined the view from her bedroom window.

The 76-year-old, who is partially disabled, claimed she had spoken to Accent but the association said it could not remove the rubbish until the offenders could be identified and charged for the clearance.

“There has been a constant stream of things left there,” she said. “All sorts of rubbish has been chucked all over the place.”

Mrs Salt added the site had not been a problem until last summer, when skips were placed on the land for use by Accent’s building contractors. This had attracted fly-tippers, who continued to use the site after the skips were removed.

“Nothing has been cleared since then,” she said. “The pile of rubbish is just getting bigger. I asked my son the other day, what’s the point of having a bin? I may as well just chuck my rubbish over the fence. That’s how it makes me feel.

“I just get more and more annoyed about it. How can people not care and just dump stuff there?”

Mrs Salt said there had been talk in the 1970s of building bungalows for elderly people on the land and she had told Accent this should still go ahead.

Rob Mills, regional housing director at the housing association, said: “We are aware of the problem with fly-tipping on the land off Surbiton Road and would apologise to residents that are affected by this.”

Mr Mills explained that, last year, Accent allowed its contractors to store waste containers on the land while they were replacing kitchens and bathrooms in homes on the Old Dean estate.

He said that, when the association realised this was attracting fly-tippers, it told the contractors to remove the containers and arranged to clear the site.

“The problem with fly-tipping has been an issue for some time, and prior to the contractors’ containers being there,” Mr Mills said.

“We do regularly inspect the site and will remove any items left. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine who is dumping the rubbish.

“If we find out, or are advised by local residents, we can arrange to recharge them for the clearance. We would also take legal action against the perpetrators.

“If any residents see anyone fly-tipping, we would encourage them to contact either Accent or the council.”

Mr Mills said Accent was in talks with Surrey Heath Borough Council about the future of the land.

He argued that, because the land is within a special protection area for the heath, it would be difficult to put forward any plans for housing on the site.

“Other options could include a community garden, a trim trail or allotments,” he added. “Any proposals would have to be discussed with the council and local residents.”

Source: GetSurrey

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