'There are needles in there' - manager's fury at failure to remove fly-tipped rubbish
PUBLISHED: 14:40 26 February 2019 | UPDATED: 08:44 27 February 2019
A business manager has expressed his anger at the lack of action to remove masses of fly-tipped rubbish from a nearby piece of land.
Mark Sawyer, managing director at LEC Marine Klyne Ltd, says the site behind Lowestoft High Street has been covered in waste for several months - with seemingly no effort made to clear it up.
Despite being privately owned, the land is clearly visible from LEC Marine’s base - off Whapload Road - and rubbish has overflowed to such an extent that a number of items have toppled into the company’s premises.
“This whole saga has been going on for about six months,” said Mr Sawyer. “All the rubbish is really mounting up and now it has started to fall into our yard.
“It’s a real health hazard. Even though the rubbish is falling down I don’t dare go up there and clear it up because there are needles in there and all sorts.”
The land sits behind three unoccupied High Street business premises and can be seen by walking down the historic Maltsters Score or up Spurgeon Score from Whapload Road.
Among the items discarded on the site are a gym bench, shopping trolley, an old fridge and a tent, while clothing, sleeping bags and several shards of broken glass are scattered across the grass and undergrowth.
“Clients come to us and all they can see behind our business is this piece of land covered in rubbish,” added Mr Sawyer. “It’s a complete eyesore.
“As a business rates payer I think I am entitled to say enough is enough. No one is biting the bullet and doing something - it’s all becoming a bit of a joke.”
Waveney District Council says it has identified those responsible for the land and will be forced to take enforcement action if they fail to remove the rubbish within a specified period.
A spokesman for the council said: “This land, which is divided into multiple parcels, is privately owned and therefore is not an area the council is responsible for clearing.
“We have contacted all the relevant landowners requesting that the waste is removed and if this is not completed within a certain timeframe, enforcement action will be taken.”