More than 700 tonnes of illegally dumped waste has been removed from beneath a Tesco superstore in the worst fly-tipping case the Council has ever seen.
It took Kensington and Chelsea Council one month and 35 loads of a so-called ‘grab lorry’ to remove the rubbish from a disused car park underneath Tesco on West Cromwell Road in Kensington. The extraordinary build-up of dumped waste dwarfs annual clean-up efforts after Notting Hill carnival, whose one million attendees generate just 300 tonnes of rubbish.
The council described the car park as a “hive of antisocial behaviour” after discovering it in September last year. Outreach workers have since referred drug users and rough sleepers away from the site, which will now be fitted with a locked gate.
Kensington and Chelsea Council’s lead member for streets, planning and transport, Will Pascall, said: “Fly tipping is unsightly and unacceptable environmental vandalism. It’s an absolute disgrace that it goes on here in our Borough, or anywhere else in London.
“I was shocked by the scale of the fly tipping when I saw these images and I’m pleased that our enforcement team has ensured the area has been returned to normality.”