A fly-tipping hotspot in Waltham Abbey is being filled almost as soon as it is cleared.

Residents have reported Fernhall Lane to the council several times after illegal waste-dumpers have left the road looking like a tip.

In the latest incident a mattress and piles of garden waste were left at the side of the road.

The rubbish has since been cleared but residents are worried it will happen again without proactive action to address the issue.

A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation said: “We are currently investigating this incident of fly tipping.

“Fly tipping is extremely bad for the environment and public health. It is also a waste of funds and time that could be better used to support Epping Forest.

“We understand it is a very difficult time right now, but this is no excuse for illegal fly tipping. We will certainly not hesitate to prosecute and urge the public to continue to report suspicious activity by fly tippers.”

The City of London Corporation manages 11,000 acres of green space across London, including Epping Forest.

The council spends £29 million a year to fund the open spaces which include important wildlife habitats, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and National Nature Reserves – they are protected from being built on by special legislation.

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