‘Despicable’ fly tipping closed A23 access road

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Flytippers caused severe disruption and endangered wildlife near Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common, according to a local resident.

Kate Cowan told the Middy that debris - including broken glass, packaging, kitchen units, and even an old jumper - were left strewn along Mill Lane, not far from the A23 junction.

She believes the incident happened around 10.30pm on May 25, when her husband heard a noise from outside, which they now believe was the sound of breaking glass.

Next morning, residents realised what had happened.

The road was closed until the debris could be cleared. In the meantime, there were traffic problems caused by the link to the A23 being blocked, and at least one student was late for her GCSE maths exam that day.

“It was horrible,” said Kate.

Fly tipping in Mill Lane, Hurstpierpoint. Picture contributed

Fly tipping in Mill Lane, Hurstpierpoint. Picture contributed

“There was glass everywhere, across the road and on the verges. We’re in such a rural area - there’s deer, foxes, badgers, rabbits, everything you can imagine. They’re going to get glass in their feet and that’s despicable.

“What they seem to have done is just driven along the road, and just pushed the stuff out as they went.”

Shattered glass was left lying along the roadway for about 40ft, Kate estimated, and although she said the workers brought in by the district council to clear the road had done a great job, there would undoubtedly be glass fragments left on the verge.

Although there have been problems with flytipping in the area before, Kate said it had been in more remote areas than Mill Lane, which is a two-way road with houses alongside, and close to the A23.

A statement from Sussex Police said: “Police were alerted at 8.09am on Thursday (May 26) that there was a considerable amount of debris blocking Mill Lane in Sayers Common.

“Due to the nature of the debris - bricks, windows, glass and other building-related detritus - officers closed the road and advised Mid Sussex District Council who were already aware.”

Flytipping can be reported online at: www.midsussex.gov.uk under ‘Waste & Recycling’, then ‘Fly Tipping’.

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