A GIANT pile of manure dumped yards from a school kitchen has been left for days.

The dog and horse waste was left outside The Westborough School, MacDonald Avenue, Westcliff for almost a week.

Basildon Standard:

Unpleasant - the waste is yards from the school

Gaby Offord, 48, receptionist at the school said: “Parents are very concerned about it.

“The manure turned up on Wednesday and it is a huge pile that has just been dumped.

“The manure is behind the school in an alleyway near our kitchen.

“Then a load of dog waste turned up, and this is outside the school on the corner of the road.

“I reported it twice to Southend Council twice but nothing has been done.

“There is a smell and and the manure will start to steam soon as it gets warmer.

“It is near the kitchen and as it heats up the manure will attract vermin and flies and the vermin could come in the kitchen.

“We are feeding 300 children here every day.

“The manure is dumped near a house and I’ve tried to speak with the homeowners about the issue.

“I am unsure who owns the land.

“It is a health hazard and surely the council has some responsibility about dealing with that.

“It is a worry for us and the children are walking through it at times.”

A Southend Council spokesman, said: “We have had reports of animal waste being dumped near a school. “Our contractor Veolia is aware and the incident is being investigated by our Environmental Care Team. “At this stage, we have ascertained that the waste is on private property and we are currently investigating where the waste has come from and we are currently trying to contact the landowner.

“Fly-tipping is a blight on the street scene and we do not tolerate fly-tipping in any form.

“If you need to remove large quantities of rubbish from your home, please visit either of the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

“Alternatively, the Council’s waste contractor, Veolia, can collect bulky waste for a small charge.”