Four men spent two hours clearing litter off their road in Bolney after a lorry tipped rubbish across a section of the busy 60mph stretch.
Neighbours on Colwood Lane took it upon themselves to clear up 100 yards worth of rubbish, including blades, broken glass and nails, last Friday as they were concerned that debris on the busy stretch could cause an accident.
Danny Symes, 49, cleared up the rubbish with the help of his brother Trevor, 51, and a couple of other men.
He and Trevor are tree surgeons who work from their parents’ yard and their main concern was for their parents who had become ‘landlocked’.
Danny said: “It looked like a plane had crashed. It’s just complete ignorance and uncaring. What if mum and dad had needed to get out? They would have been landlocked. Dad is 80 and mum’s 79.
“I was pretty disgusted the police didn’t come out to sort it out.
“There were screws, Stanley knife blades. It was dangerous. People walk their dogs up and down that road.
“I thought it was a crime to fly tip like that.”
Pete Berry, 54, of Colwood Lane, said he was disgusted police said officers would not be able to attend until the next morning. He said: “I’m disgusted with the attitude of the police. If we left it, it would get spread further up the road.”
Pete added that there were letters with addresses which suggested the lorry had come from South London.
Council officers inspected on Friday morning and the rubbish was collected from the road on Monday morning.
Chief Inspector Simon Beardwell, district policing commander for Mid Sussex, said: “As there was no indication that the offender was still at the location and that the rubbish was being cleared, the incident was not graded for immediate attendance. However, Sussex Police does work with other partners to address the problems of fly-tipping across the county and if anyone has information, they can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org uk, call 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting serial 273 of 08/08.”