Horton ditch cleared again as Poyle gets another load of fly-tipping: what is wrong with people?

Just as Slough Borough Council has completed a major clean-up operation alongside Horton Road, Colnbrook Views has received reports of yet another fly-tipping incident in Poyle.

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The Neighbourhood Enforcement Team and Community Safety carried out the clean-up last month following complaints about the ditch on Horton Road, Slough, and a request from ward councillor James Walsh.

The ditch runs between Moreland Avenue and Willow Close and contained litter/fly-tip that had accumulated over the years.

Rubbish was mostly concentrated to the far end of the ditch by the bridge where access was most difficult with a sparse amount scattered towards the entrance to Willow Close. Parts of the ditch were also waterlogged.

“The items in the ditch were mostly empty drink bottles, food waste and some larger items including a barrel, car bumper and child car seat.”

A land registry search carried out by the Council identified that this land has no registered estate. Furthermore, as the water does not flow there is no obligation on the Environment Agency to maintain. Slough Borough Council is the riparian owner, although no particular department has responsibility of its maintenance.

Nevertheless Quotes the £350 cost was kindly paid for by the Community Safety Team on a one-off basis.

Councillor James Walsh said:

This ditch has been the bane of my life since 2008 – it’s constantly used as a tip for all and sundry, and I’ve had it cleaned out several times and new fencing put up to try and deter the louts. As is sadly the norm in Colnbrook, no-one appears to own the land or want responsibility for it – which is why I’ve asked the Council to clean it up on an ad hoc basis (and when the money is available to do it).

With funds scarce at Slough Borough Council these days it is unlikely the clean-up can be repeated.

Cllr Walsh has issue a call to arms to village groups to find a local, long-term solution to the problem.  The Parish Council already has a responsibility to maintain local footpaths and the CCP maintains the parks.

“The lack of money and the need to do something sustainable with the ditch should be a good opportunity to see some “localism” in action!!”

In the mean time, regular contributor to Colnbrook Views, Keith Franklin, has drawn attention to a similar problem: another incident of fly-tipping in the ditch alongside Poyle Road.

Horton ditch before the clean-up …

… and after Neighbourhood Enforcement’s big clean-up …

… and another incident of fly-tipping in Poyle ditch …

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