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Tyre tippers dump costly clean-up on charity funds

PUBLISHED: 16:09 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 16 August 2010

A CHARITY is being left to foot the bill to clean up rubbish left by fly-tippers. The Trustees of Chislehurst Commons had to pay £1,200 to have 900 tyres removed over two days from Chislehurst Common, which is private land. Vice chairman of the Truste

A CHARITY is being left to foot the bill to clean up rubbish left by fly-tippers.

The Trustees of Chislehurst Commons had to pay £1,200 to have 900 tyres removed over two days from Chislehurst Common, which is private land.

Vice chairman of the Trustees of Chislehurst Commons, Colin Yardley, 70, of Church Lane, Chislehurst, said: "Disposing of tyres is not easy and these were in such bad condition they had to be shredded, so we had to call in specialist processing contractors."

Mrs Yardley, 69, also a trustee of the charity, added: "Our great fear was a fire, the tyres were extremely flammable."

The Trust receives a yearly grant from Bromley council to help maintain the commons. This year it received £47,000. A full-time keeper for the commons and a part time secretary are currently employed by the Trust.

A spokesman for Bromley council said: "The land is not owned by the council in the same way parkland is."

Mrs Yardley said: "This cost will impact on the way the commons are managed. We won't be able to repair broken footpaths.

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