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Fly-tippers dumping bulky waste in Barton, Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

Cllr Said Hansdot and Cllr Usman Bhaimia with dumped rubbish in an alleyway by Al-Murad Tile Centre in Barton Street

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DUMPED rubbish is piling up in Barton because people don't want to pay to have large items removed.

That's the verdict of Barton and Tredworth councillors after mountains of rubbish including old mattresses were found dumped in a Barton Street alleyway.

Councillors Usman Bhaimia and Said Hansdot (L, Barton and Tredworth) are calling on Gloucester City Council to review charges to remove bulky household waste.

Currently, residents fork out £24 for up to three items and £8 for additional items.

For anyone receiving housing or council tax benefit, the charge is reduced to £12 for the first three items and each additional item costs £4.

"People don't want to pay the charge so they dump their rubbish here," said Mr Bhaimia.

"I had some big bins put down here but they aren't big enough to take the larger items such as mattresses.

"The problem is that this charge was introduced a couple of years ago and it has caused a big issue here."

The councillors believe people are dumping their waste in the alleyways under the cover of darkness.

The latest incident involved the whole stretch of an alleyway near to Al-Murad tile shop being strewn with bags of rubbish.

The city council has asked the owner of the land to remove the rubbish.

Councillor Kathy Williams, cabinet member for environment, said: "It's not necessary for people to go to the trouble of fly-tipping large household items.

"Where fly-tipping does take place and we find evidence of the people responsible, we will and do take action.

"Fly-tipping can lead to fines of up to £50,000 and imprisonment."

The council says householders can also recycle their items at Household Recycling Centre for free.

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  • TimMessanger  |  January 08 2013, 6:32PM

    Freeradical1 - this might help page 8 divisions of responsibilities! The division of responsibilities http://tinyurl.com/bfz4ej2 From the BBC - http://tinyurl.com/atmmx8o DEFRA good practice - http://tinyurl.com/achpw8b

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  • FreeRadical1  |  January 08 2013, 2:37PM

    Tim, I have spoken to an employee of the Environment Agency in the past. I was told they they only deal with very serious fly-tipping and incidents that could cause pollution of watercourses. Incidentally, you didn't answer my request for an example of anyone being prosecuted for fly-tipping in a private alleyway or garden. Is it possible that you don't know of any examples? Ceratinly, I have never heard of any example, which led me to believe that what I had been told previously was correct.

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  • Ysedra  |  January 08 2013, 12:25AM

    Stroppy12, you could try claire.shanahan@northcliffedigital.co.uk, I believe she has something to do with moderation.

  • TimMessanger  |  January 07 2013, 10:43PM

    Freeradical1 the act was passed in 1990 you need to talk to the environment agency, both Stroud and Gloucester council now could have trouble prosecuting anyone as they have said that it's a "civil matter". The council are responsible on a local level for non hazardous waste!

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  • stroppy12  |  January 07 2013, 10:24PM

    raccoon, do you know how i get in touch with this moderation team?

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  • norman937  |  January 07 2013, 9:16PM

    Just what do they expect.Bin out too early fine ,bin collected too late fine,lid left partly open fine,wrong rubbish in bin,fine,bin in wrong place,fine.Now pay for it to be collected,I thought you already did.Oh!silly me they want extra.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  January 07 2013, 7:31PM

    We didn't have any notifications in Stroud either gomums. I just glanced out of the window day after boxing day just in time to see the bin lorry go up the road. Fortunately we are on a small estate, so the bin lorry comes back the same way. I don't think me and Mr Bonza, plus the rest of our neighbours have ever bagged up and put out our bin bags out so quick. There was quite a stack when they came back down the road. We always used to get a leaflet advising on collections over christmas and other bank holidays. Perhaps not bothering telling anyone is one of the cut backs. Bit pointless really sending the binmen out if they don't tell anyone, and they spend time not collecting much. Not everyone's lucky enough that they come back the way they came, I expect many missed out !!

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  • gomums  |  January 07 2013, 7:02PM

    Over Christmas collections promised did not take place when they should of. This does not help the problem. City Council need to realise residents are not psychic. We had no leaflet drop in our area and the web site (not everyone has access to a computer) gave incorrect dates.

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  • Raccoon  |  January 07 2013, 6:35PM

    Stroppy, I once spoke to Matty Holmes, and he claimed that it was nothing to do with him - apparently, it's all down to the moderation team, who are employed by Northcliffe Media but have nothing to do with either The Citizen or The Echo.

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  • stroppy12  |  January 07 2013, 5:40PM

    there is a bloke who works on tig, his name is Matt Holmes, he has the power to delete your accounts without reply, all lord gagas for one. has anyone got the phone number, of this bloke who thinks we don't live in a free country?

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