Fears over park waste

PUBLISHED: 13:19 07 September 2007 | UPDATED: 23:03 28 May 2010

Kathy Waite surveys the remains of the weekend’s fire.

Kathy Waite surveys the remains of the weekend's fire.

OCCUPANTS of a house in March who set fire to a caravan in their garden have been cautioned for fly tipping after debris spilled into a play park. On Wednesday they were given two days to clear up the mess or face further action from Fenland District Coun

OCCUPANTS of a house in March who set fire to a caravan in their garden have been cautioned for fly tipping after debris spilled into a play park.

On Wednesday they were given two days to clear up the mess or face further action from Fenland District Council.

Peyton Avenue resident Kathy Waite called out emergency services on Sunday evening after fearing the fire in a neighbouring garden was getting out of control.

She also called the council after realising debris, including fibrous insulation material, was littering the play park at the back of the houses.

But when no action was taken on Monday she contacted the Cambs Times. She had already tried to clear up some of the mess herself.

Mrs Waite said: "I was frightened because children were actually standing around the fire throwing wood on to it. I was worried it was going to spread.

"Now there are little kids touching things and someone is going to get hurt. There is wood with nails sticking out of it and there is fibre glass stuff. I have a child who is asthmatic and this is dangerous. The council says it has a quick response service but I haven't been able to get anywhere with them."

A council spokesman said because most of the material from the fire was in the garden it was the responsibility of the occupants to clear it up.

The spokesman added: "We do take things like this very seriously. After two visits today the people have been cautioned for fly tipping and have been given two days to clear the mess. Unless it is cleared up we will be taking further action."

But Mrs Waite said she believed the council should clear the rubbish from the park.

"Every time the wind blows the fibre glass is blowing further over the park and people have already starting dumping more rubbish there," she said.

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