Residents rage at rubbish mountain by homes so big its visible on Google Earth

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A mountain of rubbish dumped near homes has now grown so big it can be seen from space.

Homeowners say they are fed-up after a nearby industrial estate became a dumping ground for fly-tippers three years ago.

They claim nothing has been done to rectify the problem and the towering pile of waste has grown so high it can be seen on Google Earth.

The pile continues to expand with items including metal, furniture, children’s toys and household waste repeatedly being dumped at the Arrow Industrial Estate.

Neighbours in Willenhall, West Mids, are once again calling for action to be taken amid fears for their health and concerns the enormous rat-infested mound is a fire risk.

Mum-of-two Gina Howells, 34, who lives nearby, said: “Once again we find ourselves in the position of asking for help because the problem has not been sorted after all this time.

“It can be seen on Google Earth, so it’s basically visible from space. It’s that big and nobody seems to care despite it being a health and fire risk.

“It absolutely stinks and we’ve seen rats running about. I’m worried for the health of my children and don’t understand how it has been allowed to grow this big.

“It’s left our area looking like a Third World slum.”

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Mum-of-five Angie Haddor, 46, who lives two streets away, said: “It shouldn’t be there and smells horrendous. It’s awful for the environment. It’s huge and horrible.”

Walsall Council said the authority had served the landowners with an enforcement notice in February requiring the site be cleared by the end of May.

But the owners have appealed the action, saying they need more time to clear the site.

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Shortheath Councillor Sarah-Jane Cooper said: “It’s been nearly two years, so we’re trying to see what we can do stop them in their appeals as we don’t want the residents to live through another six months of this.”

A Walsall Council spokesperson said: “The council has today received confirmation from the Planning Inspectorate that the appeal is valid and the appeal will now proceed according to the Planning Inspectorate timetable.

“Walsall Council will shortly carry out a consultation exercise which will allow interested parties to make their views known to the Planning Inspectorate.”

  • Neighbours
  • Google Earth
  • Space
  • Fire

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