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Shocking drone footage has revealed a huge rat-infested mountain of rubbish dumped by fly-tippers near an estate in north London

The video shows piles of rubbish including soiled nappies, building waste and food dumped near a residential area in Mill Hill in the capital.  

Martin Montague, the founder of fly-tipping reporting app ClearWaste, discovered the mountain of rubbish and described it as the worst he had ever seen. 

Huge piles of rubbish have been dumped by fly-tippers in Mill Hill, north London, near a residential area

Huge piles of rubbish have been dumped by fly-tippers in Mill Hill, north London, near a residential area

It has been described as one of the worst fly-tipping sites in the UK by the man who filmed it

It has been described as one of the worst fly-tipping sites in the UK by the man who filmed it

Barnet Council told Mail Online that the land doesn’t belong to them and is instead jointly owned by Transport for London, Highways England and Pentavia Homes. 

It is believed that the multiple land owners have led to a delay in clearing the rubbish. 

Mark Warren, a local resident, has previously raised the issue of fly-tipping near the disused site of Pentavia Retail Park, which is set to be transformed into affordable housing. 

Mr Warren said: ‘The dark and hidden side of our lovely Mill Hill.

‘This has been going on for quite some time. The situation is getting out of hand. It is sickening that people can treat an area like this. They have taken a beautiful area and turned into a dump. 

‘It looks like tipper trucks must have been down here to throw away this much waste.’

Pentavia Homes is a housing project dedicated to affordable housing to the Mill Hill area. 

Close to homes, the pile of rubbish is believed to have been dumped near the site of the disused Pentavia Retail Park in Mill Hill

Close to homes, the pile of rubbish is believed to have been dumped near the site of the disused Pentavia Retail Park in Mill Hill

Broken furniture, soiled nappies and even a vending machine are among the assortment of items dumped at the site

Broken furniture, soiled nappies and even a vending machine are among the assortment of items dumped at the site

One resident said: 'It looks like tipper trucks must have been down here to throw away this much waste'

One resident said: ‘It looks like tipper trucks must have been down here to throw away this much waste’

In July, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan approved the plans to erect 844 homes in the project with some tower blocks 15 storeys high 

Barnet Council had refused the scheme after more than 680 objections but Mr Khan stepped in to approve the plan following a public hearing at City Hall on July 25.

Mattresses, vending machines and an assortment of other items have been dumped at the site of the disused Pentavia Retail Park. 

Mr Montague said he was disgusted by the rubbish, commenting: ‘I’ve seen some fly-tipping in my time but this is definitely the very worst. It’s in Mill Hill in north London and it is just disgusting.

The area where the rubbish was dumped is thought to be owned by multiple groups, leading to the delay in clearing it up

The area where the rubbish was dumped is thought to be owned by multiple groups, leading to the delay in clearing it up

Martin Montague, the founder of fly-tipping reporting app ClearWaste, discovered the mountain of rubbish

Martin Montague, the founder of fly-tipping reporting app ClearWaste, discovered the mountain of rubbish

Mr Montague described it as the worst evidence of fly-tipping that he had ever seen

Mr Montague described it as the worst evidence of fly-tipping that he had ever seen

‘There are hundreds of tons of illegally dumped waste – everything from builders’ rubbish to food and even soiled nappies.

‘It’s a risk to health for the people who live nearby and an environmental disaster – and yet the local council and the owners of the land haven’t cleaned it up. 

‘We’re campaigning to get it clean-up and put an end to the scourge of fly-tipping wherever it is. It’s bad for the environment, can be fatal to wildlife and costs councils thousands and thousands of pounds to clean-up, money that could be better spent on things like schools or care for the elderly.

‘I’m determined to help to fight Britain’s epidemic of fly-tipping, whether it’s a site like this or a single bag dumped by a roadside.’

TfL, Highways England and Pentavia Homes have been contacted for comment. 

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