CLA member features on BBC highlighting horrendous impact of fly-tipping

CLA Regional Director Tim Bamford also interviewed as thousands of incidents reported
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Liz Mouland (left) shows the BBC reporter some of the fly-tipping on her land. Pic: BBC/iPlayer

A CLA member has laid bare the impact fly-tipping has on the environment and farming by appearing on the BBC.

Liz Mouland, who farms in north Kent, invited BBC South East Today TV crews onto her land to highlight the scale of the problem.

It comes after Defra recently released new figures to show there were more than a million incidents of fly-tipping on public land in the last year – and more than 100,000 in the South East alone.

Mrs Mouland regularly reports fly-tipping incidents and even caught one culprit in the act, but not before dumping a tipper load of rubbish on her land.

She said: “We examined our gate and discovered he had put their own padlock onto our chain which was very cunning, and then as we drove around we found the pile of rubbish.

“We feel we were ‘lucky’ to have found this man when and where we did, otherwise we could have had multiple lorry loads dumped that day.

“We have now barricaded that gateway with concrete slabs, which so far has been effective but in terms of farming use it is inconvenient.”

CLA South East Regional Director Tim Bamford was also interviewed for the TV piece, highlighting the wider impact on rural communities and the economy.

Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott has backed the CLA's calls for greater punishments for culprits, and has written to Defra secretary Thérèse Coffey stating his case.

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CLA South East Regional Director Tim Bamford on BBC South East. Pic: BBC/iPlayer