Asbestos roofing dumped by fly-tippers at RSPB Bowers Marsh

Piles of asbestos roofing, pipes and rubbish have been selfishly dumped outside a beloved wildlife sanctuary just months after vandals targeted the site.

The mess left at the entrance to RSPB Bowers Marsh was dumped on the Bowers Gifford property on Saturday.

Unfortunately, bosses say they are now used to seeing “regular” tips.

It comes after the nature reserve was forced to close in March after felons wreaked havoc in the middle of the night, damaging the metal parking barrier by bending it inward.

At the time, the reserve was targeted by vandals four times in just six months.

A frequent visitor to the reserve, who wished to remain anonymous, has been left furious that the normally “quiet and peaceful” reserve has once again been hit by lawbreakers.

The 66-year-old from Bowers Gifford, said: “We saw the icing on the cake when we went for a walk on Monday morning. I couldn’t believe it and was genuinely shocked.

“You see that it’s old corrugated iron and that asbestos has to be disposed of properly, so they probably thought ‘oh let’s dump it’. But if you get it in your lungs, it can be very dangerous.”

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With disgust, Councilor David Harrison, of the Leisure and Environment Committee, has also criticized the “cowboy flippers” for leaving their mess behind.

He said: “It is absolutely criminal to dump asbestos anywhere, but especially in a nature reserve. It can only be moved by qualified people, which makes cleaning even more expensive.”

The RSPB site manager said: “We are aware of the tipping of flies at the entrance to Bowers Marsh and think it is asbestos roofs, pipes and so on.

“We have reported it to Basildon Council as it is on the road and not within the boundary of the conservation area. Unfortunately, it is a relatively regular occurrence and we as a charity are working with Basildon Council to resolve the issues.”

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