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'This pathway is a pile of rubbish'

PUBLISHED: 14:28 16 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:46 23 August 2010

DESPAIRING resident has called for a much used footpath to be cleared before it becomes the town s rubbish tip. Brian Rapley, 59, of Hillary Avenue, Gravesend, urged council staff to clear the footpath by his road, formerly Hog Lane, almost a month ago b

DESPAIRING resident has called for a much used footpath to be cleared before it becomes the town's rubbish tip.

Brian Rapley, 59, of Hillary Avenue, Gravesend, urged council staff to clear the footpath by his road, formerly Hog Lane, almost a month ago but nothing has changed.

He said: "It is overgrown and there is rubbish all over the place. I happen to believe that the more stuff that gets left the more people will be inclined to just dump their rubbish there. The problem just grows."

He explained that the pathway does not appear to be included in the council's clearing route causing rubbish to build up.

Mr Rapley said he routinely calls a few times a year and gets a good response but is frustrated by the lack of action. He added: "It is now at a stage where it looks more like a rubbish tip. The new recycling centre at Springhead is tidier."

A spokesman for the council promised work to cut back the undergrowth was scheduled to take place before the end of this week and litter would also be cleared.

She said: "Roads and footpaths are cleaned at a minimum of a four-weekly basis. Some roads are cleaned on a more frequent basis such as the town centre, Gravesham's main roads and high usage roads where the cleaning ranges from daily to fortnightly."

A survey conducted by Tidy Britain in December 2009 stated 93 per cent of the borough was above an acceptable standard of cleanliness.

Council and police officers also work together to target fly-tippers

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