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Neglected roadside shrine, littering, damage to trees and hazard to wildlife, distraction to road users, illegal parking site with potential to cause further accidents

Reported anonymously at 08:21, Sunday 9 June 2019

Sent to Canterbury City Council and Kent County Council 4 minutes later

Sorry for their loss and with respect their grieve is understood, although not for doing so at the accident site of the deceased, regardless of the cause, which incidentally the councils should be doing more to combat. However, this shrine has been grossly expanded and left to decay for now over 8 months. Rotting older flowers and displays have been left dumped behind the two hoardings nailed into the trees along with hundreds of forgotten, broken, overgrown, dumped items of rotting foam, plastic, glass and metal waste. Hundreds of potentially wildlife harmful items are shored up to branches of the trees and that's just those which haven't fallen off into the undergrowth or were placed there originally. There's faded glowsticks left behind with the eventual leakage of the chemicals into the verge. There's so many bits that regularly fall off into the road causing obstruction or potential damage to vehicles. The two hoardings, while cleared up, originally had hundreds of plastic waste products that ended up further in the environment. The boards remain as an eyesore and potential distraction to drivers, on an already hazardous corner of the road. Additionally when the site attains visitors, the illegally parked cars upon the verge or in the road are a further hazard for the road and at their worst at the beginning last year, were actively causing an obstruction. Officially this issue should be treated as flytipping, flyposting and littering along with the issues of road hazards and obstruction. The local community are proud of Womenswold and the local area into Nonington and some great success already has been made to combat the issues with illegal parking and damage off the B2046 along with a recent community clearup. Additionally the local parish councils are actively working to improve the speeding and traffic issues through the area, with potential to improve roads and public access. This shrine is detrimental to the local environment, our stunning countryside and public safety. When are all authorities responsible going to step up past "it's a sensitive issue" and get it cleaned up, with fines on any further appearance? Equally the road in general should be considered for improvements, particularly the increasing potholes across its length, widening of pinching width or go all out on traffic calming. The white/black arrow signs for sharp bends installed at the site of the shrine would be welcomed.

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