Many locals and visitors were distressed by the sight of two dead ewes floating in the Tillingham near the Windmill. Guests at the Windmill drew Brian Elliot’s attention to the bodies bobbing up and down in the river.
It took two days for Brian, owner of the Windmill Guest House, and Jo’ Vincent of “Rye’s Own” to track down the relevant authority to remove the stinking carcasses from the river.
After much ‘buck passing’ they were eventually directed by Carol Robertson to Nick Page of the Environment Agency. He acted with the urgency the event demanded and the sheep were removed by a brave man from the agency who had to wade in up to his neck to reach them.
Should any reader be unfortunate enough to see a dead animal in the river do not phone the Police, The Harbour Master, Rye Partnership or the Rye Tourist Information Centre, none of these were able to help.
It might be a good idea to make a note of the Environment Agency number 0800 807 069 which is a 24 hour Hot Line.
“Rye’s New” October 2004
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