Fly-tippers rob Wedmore good causes by dumping surprise asbestos charge on Wedmore Harvest Home
HEARTLESS fly-tippers have effectively stolen the cash from good causes in Wedmore.
Harvest Home organisers were horrified to discover this week that they had been landed with a bill for more than £600.
It had come from Cheddar and Wells skips which wanted to be reimbursed for money the company had spent after supplying the event with a skip for rubbish over the Harvest Home weekend.
The company, which is based in Burcott, picked up the skip on the Monday after the event on August 16.
But it was only this week that the bill arrived and Harvest Home chairman Neil Ellis was angry when he discovered that the hire charge, which was £270, had grown alarmingly to £880.
However, it was not the fault of the company.
He explained: “When the skip arrived back at the depot they discovered that someone had dumped sheets of asbestos, car tyres and car batteries in it.
“Special arrangements had to be made to dispose of the rubbish, particularly the asbestos, safely and this has pushed the bill up.
“I think it is horrendous that anyone could have done such a dreadful thing.”
Although the final figures are not available, Mr Ellis fears that the committee will not be able to give any cash to local organisations in the village that could do with a helping hand.
He said: “We had a very successful year in 2012.
“But it looks as if we won’t make any money this year so there won’t be any money going to the community.”