‘Eat S**t’ message mystery at Tidy Tip

The aerial imagery of the Leighton Buzzard Tidy Tip
The aerial imagery of the Leighton Buzzard Tidy Tip

A large rude message at Leighton Buzzard Tidy Tip, currently being displayed on a Google Maps online aerial view of the site, no longer exists.

Even though the crass ‘Eat S**t’ graffiti has now gone, visitors to the Shenley Road waste centre would been oblivious to its existence prior to its removal as it was only viewable from the sky.

I thought it was quite funny that someone had gone to so much effort to scrawl such a random comment on the roof

That’s because the massive message was created on the roof of the old site office.

An LBO reader contacted us on Wednesday after spotting the writing.

He said: “If you take a look at the Tidy Tip using Google Maps’ aerial view, you can see that someone working there really isn’t very happy with their job!

“We’ve recently moved to the area and I was using Google Maps to try and find where our nearest tip was.

“I thought it was quite funny that someone had gone to so much effort to scrawl such a random comment on the roof.”

He added: “The images on Google Maps are relatively new, so I assume it’s still there.”

However a spokesman for Central Beds Council, which runs the site, said: “None of the site staff were aware that the graffiti was there. The building in the picture was the old site office which was replaced by a new unit over six years ago.

”Due to the unit in question being replaced over six years ago, before Central Bedfordshire Council was formed, the site manager at Leighton Buzzard Tidy Tip will not be looking into how the graffiti got there given the length of time involved and because all of the staff now working at Leighton Buzzard Tidy Tip were not there six years ago.”

Leighton Buzzard Tidy Tip is due for redevelopment during the new financial year as part of a wider investment by the council to modernise and improve its tips across the distict.

The spokesman added: “This will ensure they are easy to use and equipped to meet future needs as demands increase due to a growing population.”