Wedmore groups miss out on funding after Harvest Home receives shock asbestos charge (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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Wedmore groups miss out on funding after Harvest Home receives shock asbestos charge
SELFISH opportunists who dumped asbestos sheeting, car tyres and other rubbish in a skip hired for Wedmore Harvest Home have cost the community vital funding, say organisers.
The skip had been hired for around £270 by the Harvest Home, but weeks after the event organisers were shocked to find they had been landed with a bill of over £880.
Special arrangements had to be made by Cheddar and Wells skips to deal with the unexpected content safely, adding around £600 to the total cost.
Arthur Gadd, ticket convener for the Harvest Home, told the Weekly News: “In the past people have dumped their rubbish in there, but nothing half as serious as this - someone had dumped sheets of asbestos, car tyres and even car batteries.
“It’s such a shame because the profit we make from the event goes to local community groups like the Scouts, Guides and the village hall. It’s just wiped that all out and now those groups will suffer.
“We work really hard to organise and carry out this event and volunteer a lot of our time to it, now it feels like it was all in vain.
“I hope they find out who did this and I hope that person feels awful.”
The skip company has not been held at fault, but organisers want the mystery dumper to come forward.
Neil Ellis, chairman of the Harvest Home Committee, added: “The site is near a recycling point so I’m really hoping this was just a misunderstanding and that whoever is responsible can come forward.
“If it was a case of someone selfish doing this deliberately, further action will be taken.
“People have reacted with horror that someone could do this and take money away from good causes.”