EYESORE: National Trust ranger Ian Swinney inspects the latest incident of fly-tipping at Bookham Common
Bookham Common has been targeted three times since last Sunday, according to area rangers, who say more needs to be done to find and stop people leaving building waste strewn across Mole Valley’s beauty spots.
Staff say that in some instances rubbish has been left blocking roads, causing a safety hazard and preventing emergency vehicles from getting past.
The most recent spate of dumping incidents began on March 22, with a second load left two days later. Then last Thursday (March 26), yet more building waste was dumped on the common in broad daylight.
Ian Swinney, area ranger covering the common, told the Advertiser: “Ever since Christmas we’ve been having them every few days – it averages one or two a week. We had three lorry loads dumped last week alone.
“It’s mainly being dumped around Bookham Common, in car parks or down tracks, and sometimes it’s just left blocking the roads.
“It’s very antisocial and is costing the National Trust a lot of time and money to clear up. It is really spoiling these beautiful areas for other people. It’s a real eyesore and everybody is really upset about it.”
Rangers are working with Mole Valley District Council and Surrey Police to take action against those dumping waste in the road.
Some have called for stricter penalties for those caught dumping waste, and those paying them to dispose of it, and rangers have also called for members of the public to record licence plates of suspicious vehicles.
The Trust is also considering installing CCTV cameras around fly-tipping hotspots.
Mr Swinney added: “It costs £180 to clear a load and even more if we do it ourselves. To hire a skip can cost us up to £300 or more.
“And this is just one National Trust site so it must be costing hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.”