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Travellers and ‘health hazard’ pile of rubbish discovered in Woodford Green

PUBLISHED: 12:35 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:35 05 January 2018

Travellers have dumped rubbish by the banks of the River Roding. Picture: Ken Mears

Travellers have dumped rubbish by the banks of the River Roding. Picture: Ken Mears

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Travellers have moved back into the borough and have dumped a “health hazard” pile of rubbish which is “moments” away from falling into the River Roding.

Residents are concerned about a mountain of rubbish and travellers at the River Roding, South Woodford. Picture: Mrs Woods Residents are concerned about a mountain of rubbish and travellers at the River Roding, South Woodford. Picture: Mrs Woods

Dog walker, Mrs Woods, first spotted the teetering mound of junk on Tuesday (January 2) and reported it to Redbridge Council.

On returning to the site at the back of Woodford Trading Estate, Southend Road, Woodford Green she said the fly-tip has grown in size and no action has been taken to clear it.

“It is an environmental health hazard,” she told the Recorder.

“The river is so high and fast flowing, it will just go whoosh and fall in.

Residents are concerned about a mountain of rubbish and travellers at the River Roding. Picture: Mrs Woods Residents are concerned about a mountain of rubbish and travellers at the River Roding. Picture: Mrs Woods

“I have contacted the council and they said there is protocol they have to go through till they can clear it but by that point, it would have polluted the river.”

Mrs Woods is disgusted by the mess and is shocked that it has “been allowed” to go on.

“I don’t understand why residents give them (travellers) jobs to do when it is known they will just dump the rubbish at one of our lovely green spots,” she added.

“They have trashed our river bank and they wouldn’t like it if we threw it in their caravan - they keep them spic and span

“This health hazard cannot continue and needs to be cleared - what do we pay our taxes for?”

Redbridge Council has been contacted for comment and will be releasing a reply as soon as possible.

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