Northfleet firm facing huge clean-up bill after being hit by fly-tippers

PUBLISHED: 14:40 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:43 18 November 2016

Some of the waste dumped at Pelican Fabrications

Some of the waste dumped at Pelican Fabrications


The company has criticised the response of the police and the council

A Northfleet business is facing a clean-up bill of thousands of pounds after being hit by fly-tippers last week.

Pelican Fabrications, on the Northfleet Industrial Estate, had two skip-loads of building waste illegally dumped on its car park last Thursday (November 10).

Manager Lyn Scown hit out at the council after the online form she used to report the problem would not work and the person she initially contacted proved unhelpful.

“It is horrendous what they have done. There are two great big skips full,” she said. “The police do not want to know. They say phone the council.

“We can’t park our cars there and it is near a fire exit, and the people in the building next to it are our tenants, who are on our backs quoting health and safety at us.”

On-the-spot fines of up to £400 for those caught fly-tipping were introduced earlier this year, but Mrs Scown said the problem is still not being dealt with properly.

“We pay nearly £50,000 for rates on our buildings but we never see a police officer down here.

“We have now got to go to the expense of putting up gates because they will come back again. The police are not interested.

“No-one wants to help us unless it is dumped on their road,” she added. “We have had a quote and it is going to cost thousands to remove. It is £100 per tonne, and there could be 20-odd tonnes in total.”

A council spokesperson commented: “We are only able to clear rubbish dumped on public owned land, for example the public highway.

“Unfortunately, this instance of fly-tipping is on land owned by Pelican Fabrications so it is their responsibility to remove the rubbish and put measures in place to prevent this from happening again in the future.

“Pelican Fabrications have been made aware of this and we are working with them to investigate and review the evidence availables.

“We can also confirm our online system for reporting fly-tipping has been checked and is working as expected.”

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