Council vows to take action on rubbish tip left by travellers in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 18:30 14 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:15 15 September 2016

Fly-tippers have built a pile of mattresses, fridges and human waste in Dagenham Picture: Karen Staddon

Fly-tippers have built a pile of mattresses, fridges and human waste in Dagenham Picture: Karen Staddon


Rats, faeces and furniture have turned a former travellers’ site into a “disgusting” tip.

Travellers left Merrielands Crescent Retail Park in Dagenham about a month ago but traders say they have been left to deal with the rising rubbish.

Pets at Home veterinary nurse Joyce Gaylor, 60, said the prams, mattresses and fridges that back onto the shop are a hygiene threat to the animals she treats.

“The smell is horrendous and there are rats over there,” she said. “It’s not a healthy environment for anybody to work in.”

Jared Kirby, 21, is acting manager at neighbouring business Carpetright and shares her frustration, adding: “It’s disgusting, absolutely shocking and horrendous.”

The travellers first set up camp on July 27, after Homebase duty manager Raja Alagappan, 54, complained to the police that they were blocking his deliveries by pitching up in Chequers Lane, Dagenham.

By the time police came to his aid the travellers had moved out of the road and onto the private site, with Raja finding they were powerless to evict them.

“We were having problems and received no support,” he said. “It’s an eyesore and a health hazard where germs and contagious diseases might spread. We have enough rodents in this area as it is without it becoming a breeding ground.”

A council spokesman said the owner of the land had been warned, adding if they fail to remove the rubbish the council will charge the landlord for the removal of rubbish.

“We have been in touch with the owners through their agents and advised them to clear up the land,” he said. “If they fail to do this we will carry out enforcement action.”

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