It is very disappointing when individuals and companies have no concern or respect for how our countryside and hedgerows are treated. The recycling centre may be shut for the day so it is easier to dump, the perpetrators maybe too lazy to go that far, or businesses know they would have to pay for the use of the recycling centre and as a result our lanes are used as tips for the rubbish and detritus of our community.
Below is a collection of photographs taken in Pike Lane – Sunnings Lane is similar or worse. The pictures of Pike Lane do not show all of the rubbish dumped in the lane merely the larger collections that people have left. Disposal of this type of rubbish costs local tax payers money and uses council resources that could have been otherwise used for the benefit of the community. Removal of such rubbish involves the time and resource of the administrative staff that log the calls reporting it, the manager’s time who organise crew and vehicles and drivers to retrieve the rubbish. Thereafter the dumping involves the time of the crew collecting and correctly disposing of it as well as those who sifting through it to try and identify the people who dumped it in the first place – it is a costly exercise.
Illegal fly-tipping of this nature is not just unsightly it can involve in the worst scenario contamination of land and the possible damage to the local biodiversity and wildlife generally. Some dumping is puzzling – Pike Lane has seen dumping of peat – this could be recycled or used to improve the land – the overall message here is that people are lazy dumping really is not acceptable.
We will take this matter up with our local Resident’s Association Councillors who are active in pursuing resident’s concern in the area. We will be ask why some of this fly-tipping has been reported 3 times without being removed and about other ways that the council can reduce fly-tipping and catch the people doing it. We will also see if some of the charges for commercial companies to use the recycling centre can be dropped or somehow make the recycling centre’s use more advantageous for business to use.