Today’s press contains, yet again, a story about Gore Lane and the ongoing fly tipping problem there. Although I gave the reporter a fairly comprehensive comment, repeated below, this was abridged for the press item.
This is a long-term problem area, that is caused by a couple of issues. The main area of fly tipping has been identified as the collection point for the refuse and recycling generated by adjacent properties. This is not an ideal situation, but it does address the previous situation, whereby residents were dumping their full refuse bags onto the public footpath, despite many attempts to stop this anti-social practice.
Unfortunately, the creation of a collection point has not reduced the selfish practice of bags being disposed of in to the collection point when they are full, instead of only on the scheduled collection day. This in turn has encouraged people to fly tip into the collection area. Put simply, rubbish, attracts rubbish.
The problem of fly tipping is not just restricted to Spalding, or indeed South Holland. In order to address it effectively, through the use of the law, we need to catch the offenders red-handed. The very limited resources of the district council means that we need the help of the public to deal with these criminals. I would therefore ask for the public’s help in identifying these ‘environmental terrorists’. Without putting themselves at risk, we would ask anybody seeing suspicious activity, to make a note of what is being dumped, the type of vehicle being used, including its number plate if at all possible and a description of the people involved. This information should be passed on to both the police and the district council.
Finally, the council is also looking at the responsibilities of landlords for the behaviour of their tenants and will be seeking to make them take a more proactive approach to this issue.
My final paragraph could, potentially, of given the reporter a stick with which to beat the council, as the area in question may well belong to SHDC. That said, if it does, it also gives me a better chance of sorting the problem out as, in the worst case scenario, I will be pushing to have the car park closed, thereby limiting access to the dump site by any vehicles.
This rubbish doesn’t get there on its own and, in the case of a mattress, is unlikely to be carried through the streets by somebody without being noticed. I have asked for the public’s help in fighting this crime because, without it, we are likely to be fighting a loosing battle.