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Kelsall farmer left with £1,000 bill after sledgers leave trail of rubbish

A FARMER was shocked after he was forced to pay £1,000 to clear up rubbish left by sledgers.

A FARMER was shocked after he was forced to pay £1,000 to clear up rubbish left by sledgers.

Phil Latham, of Kelsall, has allowed families and youngsters onto his farmland at the crest of Kelsall Hill for years and hundreds were able to enjoy the snowy conditions again last month.

But Mr Latham and several neighbours say their patience is being tested by the amount of litter left behind.

He said: “It has cost a genuine £800 in wages for staff picking up fragments of plastic, signs, toys, car bonnets and anything else that people can sit and slide on.

“My point is this, if we have to the foot the bill for the clear up and damage to property then we cannot let this happen again.

“I will seek advice from Cheshire West and Chester Council, Kelsall parish council and if necessary the police as how best to deal with the problems that we’ve had but it is a disgrace for people to act in this way.

“And it’s not just a few people when you look at the size of the pile of rubbish. All we ask is that no rubbish is left behind, is it really too much to ask?”

In addition to rubbish, neighbours are also up in arms about visitors blocking their drives and staying in public car parks until late at night.

One neighbour, who lives next to the land just off the busy A54 between Kelsall and Delamere, said: “People come to the car park and stay all hours, starting the dogs off barking, it is a nightmare.

“We have also been unable to get out of our drive and when we have asked them to move you get a mouthful.

“I feel sorry for Phil and other farmers. People just think they can do what they like. It’s just not fair.”

 

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