'Pallet city' turns beauty spot into eyesore

ABANDONED cars, burnt out caravans and festering rubbish are littering a beauty spot in Somerset and driving residents up the wall. Instead of gazing out of their farmhouse windows at cornfields and country lanes, the people of Stone Allerton are met with

ABANDONED cars, burnt out caravans and festering rubbish are littering a beauty spot in Somerset and driving residents up the wall.Instead of gazing out of their farmhouse windows at cornfields and country lanes, the people of Stone Allerton are met with the sight of an ever-growing mountain of rubbish.The person responsible for clogging Stone Allerton Moor with junk is believed to live in an igloo made of rubbish in the middle of the field.Residents have been trying for years to get the land cleared up and Sedgemoor District Council has now served an enforcement notice on the resident to tidy up the site.An angry resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "Residents hate it. The moor is full of rubbish and it keeps building up. For a number of years it wasn't too bad but it's got a lot worse over the past two years."It's full of old cars and caravans and there are rats around. We've complained to the council but nobody knows who owns the land so it's getting worse."The rubbish site, which has been dubbed 'pallet city' by residents, is just a stone's throw away from the village. Residents believe the person living on the land is related to the owner but the council is finding it difficult to clarify who the land belongs to.A Sedgemoor District Council spokesman said: "We've served an enforcement notice on the man who lives there, which means he's got to tidy it up. But it takes a very long time because the person gets a couple of months to clean it up. If they don't do it, we give them another couple of months. It can take up to six months."It's not something that happens overnight but proceedings are under way."When a Weston & Somerset Mercury reporter visited the site there was nobody at home to comment. But the dumping ground was packed full of old teddy bears, garden furniture, piles of wood and rubbish, old, empty caravans and several cars and vans.The council spokesman added: "We're trying to track down the owner of the land. It's quite difficult because people don't have to register land with us and if it's been in ownership of generations of people it's very difficult to find out who owns it.

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