Asbestos roofing dumped by fly-tippers at RSPB Bowers Marsh

PILES of asbestos roofs, pipes and trash were selfishly dumped in front of a popular nature reserve just months after the vandals attacked the site.

The mess left at the RSPB Bowers Marsh entrance was cleared up at the Bowers Gifford grounds on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the bosses say that they are now used to seeing flies tipped when there is a “regular occurrence”.

It comes after the reserve was closed in March after thugs ravaged the middle of the night and damaged the metal parking lot barrier by bending it inward.

At that point, the reservation had been attacked four times by vandals in just six months.

A frequent visitor to the reserve who wanted to remain anonymous was angry. The normally “calm and peaceful” reservation has been ravaged again by law breakers.

The 66-year-old from Bowers Gifford said: “We saw the fly tipping when we were walking on Monday morning. I couldn’t believe it and was honestly shocked.

“You can see it’s old corrugated iron roofs and asbestos needs to be disposed of accordingly, so they probably thought, ‘Oh, let’s just dispose of it.’ But if you get it in your lungs, it can be very dangerous. ”

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Disgusted, Alderman David Harrison of the Recreation and Environment Committee has also criticized the “cowboy fly tippers” for leaving their mess.

He said, “Dumping asbestos is absolutely criminal everywhere, but especially in a nature reserve. It can only be moved by qualified people, which makes cleaning up even more expensive. ”

The RSPB site manager said, “We are aware of the flies tipping over at the Bowers Marsh entrance and believe it is asbestos roofs, pipes, and so on.

“We reported it to Basildon Council because it is on the road and not within the boundaries of the reserve. Unfortunately, it happens fairly regularly and we as a charity work with the Basildon Council to solve the problems. ”

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