Residents made to foot the bill for fly-tipping ‘due to council cuts’
PUBLISHED: 09:23 09 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:12 09 May 2016
A Bromley resident has complained about the council’s response to illegal dumping
Bromley Council is making residents foot the bill for fly-tippers’ illegal activities - and cost-cutting is to blame, according to a local man.
Jonathan Zackon, of Kinnaird Avenue, claims he has been told to pay £27.50 for the council to remove a batch of illegally dumped material, including a large mattress, that has been left at the Avondale Road end of his street.
He has lived in Bromley for more than 30 years and said the council has always collected rubbish dumped in the road.
“They want to penalise us for other people’s criminality. We are talking about the dumping of stuff on a big scale,” he said.
“They are trying to cut costs. The council has a problem because they say they do not own the road; they say residents should be collecting stuff, but we cannot collect beds.
“The council is being very silly about this. They are not going to save money by refusing to collect dumped rubbish two or three times a year.
“It is a major problem in the borough. It is criminal and it attracts more fly-tipping.”
Bromley’s executive councillor for environment, Colin Smith, said: “The council’s policy on removing dumped rubbish is to remove fly-tipping as quickly as possible from highway land for which it is responsible, or maintains as the local Highway Authority.
“In this specific example, as the road is known as ‘unadopted highway’, it is not maintained by the council, and the council does not provide street cleaning services, including removing fly-tips, unless the contents pose a health hazard or traffic is obstructed and cannot pass by.”
He called for anyone with information about those responsible for the flytipping in Kinnaird Avenue to get in touch with the council, as it may be able to help prosecute the offender.
Ellie Harmer, ward councillor for Plaistow and Sundridge, added: “Whilst I understand the council’s policies around fly-tipping, I do think that there is something which can be done here and I will be talking to colleagues about this.
“Our experience is that when fly-tipping is dealt with properly, it is less likely to re-occur and this is precisely what we want to see in Kinnaird Avenue too.”
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