DUMPED litter remains at a Wichelstowe quiet spot – despite council moves to make one fly-tipper clear his mess.

Now, a dead deer has appeared near the waste – leading one wildlife enthusiast to fear that it may have died after eating the litter.

It is not known how the deer, which yesterday morning lay dead in a hedgerow off Scott Way, perished.

However, Liden amateur naturalist Alan McCluskie questioned whether the litter may be to blame.

“My concern as a wildlife watcher with the rubbish issue is how the deer died,” said Alan, 53. “Did it choke on rubbish? I don’t think it was hit by a car, because it was too far into the hedgerow and you couldn’t really do more than five miles per hour on that track.

“I didn’t turn the deer over to check if it had been shot.

“There are going to be dog walkers, children, people with their dogs off the lead. It needs to be addresses as soon as possible for health and safety reasons.”

The deer was removed yesterday, hours after the council were approached by the Adver.

However, Alan questioned why existing litter on Scott Way had not yet been removed.

Last week, Swindon Borough Council said that a fly-tipper had been identified and would be removing the waste himself.

But, a week on, much of the waste remains. Among the flytipped rubbish is building insulation, an industrial fridge and household food waste.

Alan shared his message for the council: “You knew the litter was there. It should have been cleaned up immediately.”

Although a fully marked out road, Scott Way is part of the Wichelstowe area that is yet to be developed.

The quiet road is largely out of sight of main road Peglars Way.

Last week, Rodbourne Cheney dog walker June Griffiths-James spoke to the Adver about the waste.

The 54-year-old said: “Seeing this has really annoyed me. This lovely open space won’t be here much longer because of the building work, and we should be able to enjoy it while we can.

“It’s such a lovely area, and it’s really sad to see people dumping so much rubbish.”

Swindon Borough Council said that the fault for the waste not having been removed lay with the man who flytipped it.

A spokesman for the council said: “We are working hard to clamp down on fly tipping, but this location has been targeted more than once.

“Our Envirocrime team has already identified one culprit and he was interviewed under caution, fined £400 and has now removed the waste so there is no cost to the Council.

“We are currently pursuing a number of other lines of inquiry which will hopefully uncover the other individuals who have been using Scott Way as their own personal dumping ground.

“When we catch these people they too will be fined and ordered to remove the waste at their own cost., which is why we have not yet removed the waste.

“A contractor working on the Wichelstowe site has also been given permission to store large quantities of soil at the site and this is contributing to the negative perception of fly tipping in the area.”