No delight at the dump

SIR - I was interested to read of Stephen Aldridge s unfortunate experiences at the Stevenage dump (Comet, July 10), as I too have been subjected to foul mouthed intimidation there more than once this year. I had the misfortune to take eight fence panels,

SIR - I was interested to read of Stephen Aldridge's unfortunate experiences at the Stevenage dump (Comet, July 10), as I too have been subjected to foul mouthed intimidation there more than once this year.

I had the misfortune to take eight fence panels, broken down into slabs, to the dump and was told in no uncertain terms that I had too much and was not allowed to leave more than a small proportion of the fence slats, which I duly did, whilst I was stood over and watched by a most surly and belligerent individual who counted the number of pieces!

I also have had the misfortune of being guilty of not separating wood from timber, and was again harangued by a most unsavoury character in front of a very patient queue of people. I felt obliged to apologise to the queue for delaying them for my misdemeanour and failure. This prompted a threat from this individual that I would be served with some sort of EHO and fine for abusing the system.

My quiet observation that I thought he should be providing a service to the public was met in the usual belligerent way.

I now go out of my way not to go to the dump unless absolutely necessary. The last time I went, all of a sudden these camp guards appeared. I guess that they have a list or red flag warning system for recalcitrant people's number plates!

CHRIS FRAYNE-JOHNSON

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