Callous fly-tippers have dumped tonnes of rubbish on the outskirts of a picturesque millionaire’s village.
Residents were dismayed to find a huge pile of waste, including plastic syringes and batteries, left on the outskirts of Upton Grey, Hants.
The site covers a public bridleway near the pretty village , which is home to an Elizabethan manor house, thatched cottages, a duck pond and where the average house price is £1.1 million.
A second dump was made near farmland in historic village Long Sutton, Hants, approximately four miles away.
And the third was left outside the small Hamlet of Golden Pot, near Alton, Hants, around five miles away.
In total around five tonnes of waste were dumped over the weekend.
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It is believed that the semi-processed rubbish was dumped by a contractor rather than being taken to be incinerated.
Councillors today said the cleanup – which began today – will cost them thousands of pounds.
Conservative councillor Ken Rhatigan of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, who was at the scene of the fly tipping at 6am this morning, said: “The main message is it’s completely unacceptable. This is a criminal offence, blighting our countryside.
“This is processed waste that has been deliberately dumped.
“It’s happened over the weekend – perhaps dumped by somebody who has picked the rubbish up for incineration but they haven’t done that, they’ve dumped it instead.
“This isn’t just a dropped crisp packet, this is someone making money by not doing their job properly.
“Local people now can’t enjoy their leisure time, their dog walking, horse riding and cycling.
“And of course they will have to pay for the cleanup – the council pays for the cleanup.
“It’s been dumped right on the border of the borough, but when it comes to environmental issues, there are no boarders.
“The assessment of how much this will cost to clear up is being done now.
“Depending on how bad the waste is, it could cost thousands.
“There are plastic syringes and batteries mixed in with the rubbish – if we don’t get this cleared up today it will begin bleaching into the ground.
“The people who have done this are criminals, it’s a criminal act against England’s beautiful natural environment.”
He added an investigation had begun by the council into where the rubbish came from, and who was responsible for the fly tipping.
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According to government statistics, in 2016 to 2017, local authorities dealt with around one million fly-tipping incidents, and paid out £57.7 million to clear up illegally dumped rubbish.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court.
But the offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to five years imprisonment in a crown court, depending on the amount of rubbish that is dumped.
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