Contractors for Tendring District Council (TDC) have begun work to clear a large illegal waste site in Jaywick Sands.
Although the waste is largely on private land in Brooklands the scale of the rubbish, combined with concerns raised by local residents, has led TDC to take action to clear up the site.
Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for the Environment, said it had been a long process – but it was important the Council did things properly.
“While allowing the build up of such waste is illegal, the Council must act in accordance with the law, which can sometimes take longer than people would like,” he said.
“We have liaised with the Environment Agency to ensure our plans for removal of the waste meet regulations, and as a local authority we have worked with contractors to deal with this complex site to ensure the work is undertaken in such a way that the Council receives good value for money.
“I am delighted that we are now in a position to begin these works and improve the quality of life of residents in the area.”
Following the clear-up, which is expected to take around four days, the vacant plot on the site will be secured to prevent further fly tipping on the land.
“Clearing up such sites can be an expensive process, and where possible we will be looking to recover the cost from those responsible, rather than from the taxpayer,” Cllr Talbot added.
Paul Honeywood, TDC Cabinet Member with special responsibility for Jaywick Sands, said this was also part of the Council’s commitment to regeneration of the area.
“Tendring District Council has been working hand in hand with local residents and with government over the last few years to start to bring about real improvements in Jaywick Sands, and the irresponsible behaviour of a few people is not going to detract from the commitment to make change happen,” he said.