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Fly tippers blighting 'peaceful' beauty spot on Barnet border
A peaceful meadow has been blighted by fly tippers who have been dumping old junk in the area for the last month.
The back entrance of Scratchwood Open Space, in Barnet Lane, sits on the cusp of the Borehamwood and Barnet border.
The area, also known as the London Loop, has been described by Borehamwood resident Karen Warren as a “beautiful” spot.
But for the last month, refuse including a bath, door keys, floorboards and carpet cuttings have been dumped at the edge of the footpath in three instalments, making the area an eyesore.
Ms Warren, of Percheron Road, slammed the “lazy” fly tippers for tarnishing the field instead of going to the nearby rubbish dump in Allum Lane.
She said: “It’s absolutely horrendous and I am so disgusted about it, because instead of being a lovely space to walk around in it just looks chaotic.
“I love taking walks down here, but this really puts a whole downer on the whole atmosphere of the area. This is the worst case of fly tipping I have ever seen.”
The self employed legal secretary said she is concerned that the rubbish will attract rats to the area, and is disappointed that a public space is being turned into a health hazard.
She added: “I adore everything about the countryside, but this is just insane. I dread to think what will happen if it’s not cleared up – I suspect it will just get worse and worse.”
The 54-year-old assumed the area was maintained by Barnet Council, and first contacted them in June when some of the waste first appeared but nothing was done.
Because the land sits right on the Barnet/Borehamwood border, there is some confusion as to which authority owns the site.
Colin Bowell, a priority intervention officer at Barnet Council, said the matter would be investigated by their team tomorrow (Wednesday).
A Hertsmere Borough Council representative said in a statement: “We have had a report of waste dumped on land near the entrance to Scratchwood Open Space from Barnet Lane. Our environmental health team is in the process of investigating the situation."