Combe Estate hit by bout of flytipping

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 October 2015

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mhh combe estate litter

The car park affected is near Beech Walk woods, an idyllic area on private land owned by the estate.

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Staff at Gittisham’s Combe Estate were faced with the unsavoury task of cleaning up waste after fly-tippers struck at a visitors’ car park.

The car park affected is near Beech Walk woods, an idyllic area on private land owned by the estate.

Public access is permitted on a voluntary basis for visitors and locals to walk and enjoy the countryside.

Combe Estate manager Justin Lascelles said: “The Estate is very happy to provide a car park for people to use when enjoying Beech Walk woods.

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“This is something that we provide voluntarily as part of our commitment to enabling the public to enjoy the countryside.

“It is immensely disappointing to discover that a number of individuals have been using the car park to dump rubbish and garden waste without any regard to other users and the countryside in general.

“Fly-tipping is a serious problem in the countryside and it is the landowner that ends up bearing the cost of clearing up and disposing of the rubbish.

“It costs us time and money to deal with clearing up after people and, quite frankly, it is something we should not have to do.

The scene at the car park provided by Combe Estate.The scene at the car park provided by Combe Estate.

“We have to take the rubbish to the council tip and, as we are a business we have to then pay to get rid of it. When this comes from a site which we provide free of charge and without obligation for members of the public to enjoy, it is quite galling.”

Mr Lascelles confirmed details of names and addresses have been obtained from the rubbish and reported to the local authorities.

“We would ask everyone to take responsibility for disposing of their rubbish,” said Mr Lascelles. “The countryside is not a bin and if the problem continues then we may have to re-evaluate whether we make our land available for access, which would be very sad for all concerned.”

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