Alleyways have become a huge problem and liability in the town.   I cannot believe how much fly tipping I come across in St James on street corners and in alleyways.  While we all want clean and tidy environments we seem to be wasting time going round and round in circles.  


Once alleyways served a purpose and were used for picking up refuse, but since the early 1980’s the council abandoned the use of alleyways and since then no- one is keen to take responsibility for them.  


In the past couple of years I have seen an increase in fly tipping and frankly I’m fed up of reporting fly tipping, expecting a quick response from the council.   I can appreciate why many residents are confused when the council state they have no responsibility for alleyways as they are often private land owned by residents.  However, after pressure, the council then remove fly tipping from alley ways and this has left residents confused. 


I have been working very closely with the Neighbourhood Warden arranging removal of fly tipping from alleyways. There is an alleyway in St James which is the very worst. This is where a number of people, maybe landlords, had a clear out and dumped a huge amount of household furniture with no due care for others.    I have been informed by the Council that this fly tipping is not being removed as there are concerns over syringes amongst the furniture.  Soon the rubbish will attract rats and other vermin and become a health hazard.


There are a number of contributing factors behind such behaviours. 

For example:


•             lack of consistency from NBC.

•             we have too many Houses in Multiple Occupation, HIMOs 

•             people don’t want to pay £28 for the Borough to collect bulky waste

•             many residents are unaware of recycling centre opening times

•             some households do not have cars and so cannot get to the recycling centres


We need behaviours to change because it is not good enough; residents who look after their environment  should not have to put up with this. 


In the meantime, while I wait to meet with senior officers, my plea to the council is to take this matter seriously because fly tipping has got out of control in the whole town.  The Environmental Services contract the Borough Council signed in 2011 has been a failure.


So we need you to help landlords, carless families, households who don’t know want to do with their waste, to STOP making our streets and alleyways looking like a dumping ground. This could be by gating the alleyways or by reducing the charge for bulky waste collection.  Residents need to be consulted.


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