Farm workers seen going to the toilet in a field in Eye sparks concerns
A town council is concerned about a gang of field workers being left without toilets after claims they were spotted squatting in the field.
Eye Town Council said this week it had received three reports that men working opposite Eye Bowls Club, picking camomile, had been spotted squatting in the field and also “spoiling the footpath” that runs alongside it.
The company employing the workers, Camstar Herbs, has vehemently denied the workers have no facilities and that a site manager has since spoken to them .
The council spokesperson, who asked to remain anonymous, said he had contacted the company to express the council's concerns.
“We had three complaints in the space of one afternoon this week,” said the council spokesman.
“I can't see any toilet facilities, and if they don't have any, in this day and age, it is disgraceful. Someone saw a worker squatting in a fields and another spotted the unthinkable on the pathway, mixed in with toilet paper.
"I myself even had to have words with one worker, to ask him to stop urinating in the field."
A spokesman for the company, based in Langton Green, said things “had been blown out of all proportion”.
The workers – a mix of English, Romanian and Polish - are employed through an agency.
“They have a supervisor on site and four portaloos,” said the spokesman.
“The portaloos are hidden though behind bushes as they get vandalised. The workers also have cooking facilities.
“As soon as these accusations were made, the supervisor went straight on site. There may have been one occurrence.
“We employ people through the agency as local people won’t work in the fields at all. There is sometimes a language barrier.”
Camstar Herbs recently appeared in the Parliamentary Review for business excellence.
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