The piles of rubbish at the North Downs Way

Council to visit horror show of rubbish off A2 ahead of clean

Canterbury City Council officials will visit undergrowth next to a lay-by off the A2 at Harbledown before deciding how to clear it of mounds of rubbish.

They will go to the site next to the North Downs at Faulkners Lane tomorrow (Friday) after the Canterbury Journal revealed it was one of the worst places for litter anywhere in Kent.

Anti-litter campaigner Beverley Paton described the sight of urine-filled bottles and other detritus as “unbelievable” and a “reeking cesspit”.

Today, fellow campaigner Prof Rick Norman asked questions of the council’s effort to clean it up.

Prof Rick Norman: questions for the council

He said: “We have now obtained the relevant Land Registry documents which show clearly that the land where this terrible area of disgusting rubbish is located all belongs to Highways England.

“That’s the whole of the bank between the Faulkners Lane lay-by and the North Downs Way. Could we please ask councillors or council officers to clarify the implications?

“Given that the responsibility for clearing the public land along the side of this stretch of the A2 is delegated by Highways England to CCC, can you confirm that that applies to the land discussed here? And assuming that that is the case, can you please update us on the practical action which is being taken?”

The city council says it will visit the area next to the lay-by tomorrow.

Spokesman Rob Davies said: “The Harbledown layby on the A2 is cleaned three times a week, with the two bins emptied and any litter picked up. It is generally in a good condition.

“However, the area of woodland between the layby and the public right of way is not in a good state at the moment and we accept it is need of a thorough clean. It is, though, a difficult site to access with a very steep bank and wet and muddy conditions underfoot.

“We will be inspecting it tomorrow to identify how we can get this work done as quickly as is safely possible.”

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