Finn Farm roundabout on the A2070 in Kingsnorth has been called the ‘Kentish Litter Pile’
An overgrown roundabout covered in shredded garbage, broken car parts and police tape has been compared to a tip from the city.
Angry resident Charles Murray-Roscoe, who lives on the Bridgefield estate, has to drive past the Finn Farm roundabout on the A2070 near Ashford every day and believes it hasn’t been cleaned up since at at least three and a half years.
The side of the road is also strewn with face masks, plastic bags and take-out food wrappers that have been dumped by passing vehicles.
Mr. Murray-Roscoe, antique dealer, moved into his home over 10 years ago when it was one of the first to be built on the new estate, which is still expanding today.
He said the area was pristine when he arrived, but the situation has worsened in recent years and he has even seen rats at times.
“I wrote to the developers and Ashford Borough Council (ABC) but nothing ever gets done,” said the 69-year-old.
“They sometimes cut shoulders, but they don’t pick up the trash first, so they shred all the plastic bags and paper and it all blows into the bushes and gets stuck in the trees.
“If you are a tourist entering the Garden of England on the A2070, the first thing you will see is garbage.
“It’s probably one of the worst preserved in Kent, certainly in Ashford.
“If they want to get people to move to a new development, then that doesn’t give them a very good first impression.
“It’s worse than the Ashford dump, I wouldn’t be surprised if I found a body there.”
National Highways, formerly Highways England, which is responsible for the roundabout, has vowed to step up maintenance after hearing the concerns.
But Mr Murray-Roscoe fears the situation will be forgotten in the spring and summer, when the litter is hidden by vegetation as it begins to grow back.
Matt Salt, South East Service Delivery Manager, said, “National Highways and our contractors are committed to being good neighbors.
“We are working with ABC in a collaborative way to collect waste on the network.
“But if it wasn’t there in the first place, that wouldn’t be a problem.
“The waste on our roads can pose a danger to drivers and our workforce.
“We will intensify our regular work schedule in the region to ensure our network remains safe and presentable to our customers. “
ABC says the road and roundabout in question are beyond its responsibility.