Frindsbury, Wainscott and Upnor targeted by fly tipping

Huge mounds of construction and commercial waste were dumped on the sides of the roads.

Areas of Medway have been hit by industrial scale spills in recent months, including Frindsbury, Upnor and Wainscott.

Wild dumps at the Wainscott bypass. Photo: Alan Wells

The land off Berwick Way and Upnor Road towards Medway City Estate, green space on the Wainscott Bypass between Hasted Road and Islingham Farm Road and the area near McDonald’s at Anthony’s Way, Medway City Estate are among those that have been targeted.

The litter on the approach to the Wainscott Bypass is visible from the side of the road which stretches out behind the bushes as far as the eye can see.

Medway’s Liberal Democrats are calling on council to install CCTV at these access points and introduce a ‘Caught on Camera’ campaign to deter and identify suspects.

Spokesman Alan Wells said: “The fly dumps are having a detrimental effect on the appearance of our area and the dumpers, who have had to make multiple visits, to the Frindsbury and Upnor sites.

“Fly-tippers don’t care about the environment or our communities, with rural roads and views blocked by trucks full of commercial and industrial waste.

“Council, farmers and other private landowners must secure their property to deter environmental crime. Fly tipping will not be tolerated, and our green spaces should be there to be enjoyed by the whole community.”

Alan Wells said fly tipping will not be tolerated.  Photo: Alan Wells
Alan Wells said fly tipping will not be tolerated. Photo: Alan Wells

Cllr Phil Filmer, Frontline Services Portfolio Holder at Medway Council, said: “Since 2018 we have collected 2,814 tonnes of landfill waste.

“We are committed to keeping the streets of Medway clean and safe and we are conducting thorough investigations to find the source of these incidents.

“We will continue to impose fines, which are a maximum penalty of £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment, and we operate a zero tolerance policy for people who decide to steal tips.

“At Medway, we have free household waste recycling centers and the best weekly waste collection service in the country, so there’s no excuse for fly tipping at Medway.”

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