Cobham road closed due to ‘substantial’ fly-tipping 

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Surrey County Council is clearing the rubbish which blocked the road for more than a day

Fly tipping in Plough Lane, Cobham

A lorry load of building waste fly-tipped in a picturesque Cobham road overnight on Thursday (June 4) has been slammed as “quite horrific” by an appalled route user.

Plough Lane, between Downside Road and Ockham Lane, was closed for a large part of Friday (June 5), with vehicles unable to pass the substantial amount of dumped rubbish.

Ian Humphreys, 48, a member of the Kingston Wheelers cycling club, was riding along the route on Friday morning.

He said: “It’s irresponsible and not uncommon there – I don’t think whoever does it understands the repercussions.

“It’s dangerous; what if an emergency vehicle had needed to use the road?”

The rubbish looked like “someone’s kitchen”, Mr Humphreys said, along with other household building waste.

“Today was quite horrific, it looked like someone had roughly emptied a flat bed truck and dumped the whole lot,” he added.

“We’ve seen asbestos over the years and things like that, but I’ve never seen anything like this – it was a big load.”

Richard Allen, 41, also a keen cyclist, was in the area at around 6.30am on Friday.

He said: “It’s unnecessary and disrespectful to the environment and the community.

“It’s not infrequent to see fly-tipping there but it’s often by the side of the road. I could only just get past this lot on foot, it was a substantial amount.”

A spokesman for Elmbridge Borough Council described fly-tipping as “dangerous, costly, and stops people enjoying and using public spaces”.

He said: “We are working to tackle the problem and information from residents can be invaluable in helping us to do this.

“There is advice on the website about reporting fly tips, providing information and our reward scheme.”

He added that Surrey County Council is arranging for the clearance of the Plough Lane fly tip as it is obstructing the highway.