Convoy dumps piles of rubbish at prison
Fury as trucks leave massive piles of building waste at disused Holloway jail site
29 September, 2017 — By Koos Couvée
Scene after the ‘industrial scale’ fly-tipping
PRISON chiefs came under fire this week after travellers moved onto a disused parking lot next to Holloway Prison before dumping huge piles of building waste.
The group moved onto the Parkhurst Road site owned by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) with around seven caravans and 10 other vehicles late last Wednesday. A convoy of trucks started depositing massive piles of rubbish last Thursday morning.
Police and Town Hall officials attended the scene the following day to stop the vehicles entering the site. They checked registration and insurance documents and served the travellers with a notice to vacate the site.
No one has so far been charged with any offence. The group left the site on Saturday.
Months earlier, residents in Upper Holloway were left stunned when travellers were able to take part in “industrial-scale” fly-tipping on an industrial estate undisturbed for five days.
This time, Islington Council and police reacted more quickly. However, taxpayers will have to foot the bill for the clean-up, as it is public land.
A resident on the Holloway estate, whose flat overlooks the prison site, said: “How can they dump so much in two days? And we’ve got to pay for the clean-up with our taxes. I think the security at the prison is at fault.”
Holloway Prison closed last year. Barriers to stop vehicles from coming onto the site were put in place over the weekend. According to opposition Green councillor Caroline Russell, they came too late.
“This really should not be happening,” she said. “What were the MoJ doing having a site that was so easy to break into, particularly after the other [Upper Holloway] incident?”
Islington environment chief Councillor Claudia Webbe said council officers would search the rubbish for evidence that could be used in potential prosecutions.
“Islington Council will not tolerate this selfish and irresponsible behaviour,” she said. “We are furious at the fly-tipping on this site. It is illegal dumping on an industrial scale.”
An MoJ spokesman said: “We are working with Islington Council to put in place arrangements to clear the site of fly-tipping and have improved security measures on the site.”