Fighting Against Fly-Tipping: Hope for Resolution as Bexley Council and Berkeley Homes Take Action on Wallhouse Lane

Residents and businesses along Wallhouse Lane, near Darent Industrial Park, have been fighting a never-ending battle against fly-tipping for years. The area has been plagued by large piles of household waste, including mattresses, sofas, and even fridge freezers, which can be seen from Google Earth.

Local residents have expressed their frustration at the lack of action taken to address the issue, despite constant pleas for help. The situation reached a boiling point in summer 2022 when a huge fire broke out on the marshland, which was linked to the flammable fly-tipping.

But finally, there is hope for a solution. Bexley Council has applied for funding from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to install CCTV cameras along Ray Lamb Way and Wallhouse Road. Adjacent landowner Berkeley Homes has also offered to fund new security measures in the area.

The proposed plans also include realigning ditches and installing natural barriers to prevent future fly-tipping. There are also plans to create new culverts to improve water flow and reduce the risk of flooding, which has been a problem in the area due to the fly-tipping.

Local businesses have also expressed their relief at the potential changes. Neil Fuller, managing director of Alsford Timber, shared his past experiences with fly-tipping and the devastating fire that almost destroyed his business. He believes that Berkeley Homes’ intervention will be the “saviour” for the area.

However, it’s not just businesses that have been affected by the fly-tipping. Residents have also raised concerns about the safety of the area, with the piles of waste making it difficult to walk along the road. Councillor Stefano Borella, leader of the Labour Group at Bexley Council, is hopeful that the proposed plans will “return this area to the wildlife, not the fly-tippers.”

The council has also been actively trying to combat the issue, issuing fines to those responsible for the waste deposits. However, the ditches where the waste is dumped are privately owned, making it difficult to address the issue. The increase in CCTV coverage is expected to help identify and hold more perpetrators accountable for their actions.

The Environment Agency has also been involved, carrying out targeted days of action to disrupt those who are illegally dumping waste. They are committed to finding a long-term solution to the ongoing fly-tipping issue.

Berkeley Homes has also acknowledged the problem and has plans to make further environmental improvements to the area, including enhancing drainage, biodiversity, and public access.

Overall, it seems that there is finally hope for a resolution to the fly-tipping problem along Wallhouse Lane. With the support of local authorities, businesses, and residents, it is hoped that this area can be restored to its natural beauty and free from the blight of fly-tipping.

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