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Another mass dumping of mattresses in the New Forest

The mattresses were dumped at Goatspen in Burley (picture: Forestry England)
The mattresses were dumped at Goatspen in Burley (picture: Forestry England)

ANOTHER mass dumping of mattresses has been found in the New Forest, costing hundreds to clear away.

Forestry England has slammed flytippers after forking out more than £800 to clear 27 mattresses left at a New Forest car park.

The discovery of the pile at Goatspen, off Station Road in Burley, on Saturday, came two months after more than 40 mattresses were found at three other district beauty spots.

An FE spokesperson told the A&T the fee charged by waste contractors for removing the mattresses added to costs for taking calls, making reports and sending staff out to locate the flytip.

“Sadly, this incident is another example of the lack of respect some people have for the New Forest, its residents and wildlife,” they said.

“Forestry England has arranged for the mattresses to be removed quickly – a costly and lengthy exercise.

“Working together, Forestry England and the New Forest District Council actively investigate fly-tips in an effort to find the offenders, and fine those responsible whenever possible.”

As reported in the A&T, mattresses were dumped at the start of December in car parks at Matley Wood, near Lyndhurst, Wootton Bridge in Brockenhurst, and Burbush, near Burley.

Cllr David Harrison, a town, district and county councillor who is also a national park authority member, took to his online blog to share his frustration with the flytipping.

Calling for people to help track down those responsible, he suggested Hampshire County Council’s waste disposal charges could be contributing to the problem.

“I understand it costs £20 a time for a commercial operator to dispose of these [mattresses] at the household waste recycling tips, so it makes economic sense to take the criminal route and pocket the money for disposal, leaving Forestry England (funded by the taxpayer) to deal with it,” Cllr Harrison wrote.

Suggesting HCC could offer some organisations free disposal, he continued: “I am in no way condoning the criminality, but recognising that stopping it happening is almost impossible.

“Hampshire County Council's decision to charge is primarily about their budgets, not about the wider interest involving other organisations, private landowners and the very special national park.”

But HCC hit out at Cllr Harrison’s comments about its waste disposal charges, branding them “irresponsible” and accusing him of trying to score political points.

Cllr Rob Humby, deputy leader and executive member for economy, transport and environment, pointed out the majority of household waste can be disposed of free of charge at any of its sites.

to foot the bill for business waste disposal.Suggesting the scale of the mattresses dump implied a business was responsible, he argued it would not be reasonable to expect taxpayers

“While reports such as this serve to highlight the devastating impact such criminal activity has on our countryside, perpetuating misunderstandings or trying to score party political points about household waste recycling centres is unhelpful and frankly irresponsible,” Cllr Humby said.

“There is no excuse for flytipping and there is no evidence to support a connection with any operational changes at our extensive network of HWRCs serving Hampshire.

He continued: “The scale of this incident suggests it is not the result of a resident wanting to get rid of the odd mattress, unable to either organise a waste collection from their local council or take it to the HWRC for free.

“Flytipping is predominantly an organised crime on a national scale, with profits made by criminal gangs well publicised in the national media.”

Cllr Humby stressed HCC worked alongside partners including police and district councils to combat flytipping. He added the public needed to play its part by being vigilant and reporting offences, as well as knowing their legal duty when employing anyone to collect their waste. www.hants.gov.uk/fly-tippingFor more details visit

Those with information about Saturday’s flytipping should call FE in confidence on 0300 067 4601 or email southern.enquiries@forestryengland.uk

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