New March restaurant hits back at fly tipping allegations
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A March restaurateur has hit back at social media critics who have blamed him for fly tipping in a drove on the outskirts of town.
Rubbish left in Lambs Hill Drove, March became a massive talking point on the March Free Discussion Facebook page over the weekend and Fenland’s Rapid Response team went to the site on Sunday to clear the mess.
Items found in the rubbish by some of the Facebook commentators included invoices and letters with the former March Kashmir Balti House address on them.
Alongside bags of paperwork were two bags of rubble, an Xbox console and cushions from a sofa.
The paperwork led people on Facebook to point the finger at the new soon-to-open Riverside Steakhouse, which is currently being fitted out in the former Balti House premises in Elwyn Road.
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But restaurant manager John Wiseman has angrily refuted the rubbish was dumped by him or his workmen and said he has spent nearly £500 so far on hiring skips to take away rubbish including rubble.
“We have used a reputable company so I am confident they have not taken our rubbish and dumped it down there. The skips have been left outside, so people could have pilfered things from them with the hope finding something valuable. Just because there are a few items with the Kashmir Balti House address on doesn’t mean we are responsible. We would not fly tip and I am deeply concerned that we are being blamed for something we haven’t done and could land me with a £10,000 fine,” said Mr Wiseman.
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Many of those commenting were pointing the finger at Mr Wiseman and his new restaurant, which he hopes to open in early April. The premises are currently undergoing a £60,000 refit with more still to be spent on a new kitchen.
Mr Wiseman, writing as the Riverside Steakhouse, categorically denied he and his staff had anything to do with the illegal tipping, but nevertheless went to clear the mess up after accusing people of trying to ruin his business before it even opens.
“I don’t know why we have been targeted in this way, but I have cleared up the mess, there was only about a car boot full. I wanted to go through it myself to see if we could find out where it has come from. There is still a lot of rubbish to be cleared from our building and we will be having more skips. Hopefully the council will be able to discover the real culprits and we can put this behind us,” he added,
Over 100 people have applied for jobs at the restaurant which Mr Wiseman expects to employ up to 14 people in the eatery he says will be “classy but affordable”.
Fenland councillor Jan French who has got some of the receipts recovered from Lambs Hill Drove is also investigating the incident.
She is hopeful the culprits will be caught and fined and is urging anyone who saw anything to contact the council on 01354-654321.