Effingham Cricket Club has four times during the winter found itself a hot-spot for fly-tippers
Effingham Cricket Club has been targeted by fly-tippers four times over the winter
Rubbish is being repeatedly fly-tipped in the car park of Effingham Cricket Club – and members are being left with the bill to clear it up.
Building material has been dumped at the site four times over the winter. Now, residents and members of the Effingham Common club have asked Guildford Borough Council and Effingham Parish Council to clear up the mess.
However, both have refused, stating because it is private land, it is not their responsibility to remove the rubbish.
The cricket club has been quoted up to £250 to have the rubbish removed.
Cricketer Adam Burlison said: “A lot of the rubbish being dumped is old window frames and waste building materials. We have spoken to both councils but they say it is not their problem.
“The only advice Effingham Parish Council has given us is that we should spend £20 putting a fake CCTV camera on the clubhouse.”
The club has been told it is responsible for the clean up job
People living on Effingham Common have also complained to the local authorities, calling the rubbish an “eyesore”.
Martin Smith, whose home is 50 yards from the rubbish, said: “The cricket club only uses the site in the summer so it is quiet during winter time and people take advantage and fly-tip during this period.
“There have been four dumpings I can recall. The first time was when the wheelie bin at the club was used. It was filled to the brim with building waste and once that was full, they chucked the rest on the ground.
“In the last two occasions, which have been the worst, they filled the bins and they chucked more rubbish on the floor. It is an eyesore.”
Mr Smith contacted the borough council and staff visited the site to see the mess but he was told that the rubbish was on private property and the cricket club should clean it up at its own expense.
“To be fair to the cricket club, they have gone out of their way to tidy the clubhouse up and make it a more pleasant area,” he said. “I am not sure if it is private land or parish council land. It is a bit of a grey area.
“It is a shame Guildford Borough Council does not want to deal with it. The residents up here are all rate-payers. We don’t get much for our rates, we have no street lighting, for example.”
Mr Smith said that a solution is needed to stop a recurrence of the fly-tipping.
“The reason people do it is because they do not want to pay large fees to dump it legally,” he said. “Maybe it would be more cost-effective to reduce the fees rather than having to pay for crews to go out and clear up fly-tipping.”