26th May, 2019

Call for action over skip attracting fly-tipping

Rob George 20th Jan, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

CONCERNED city councillors have raised fears a skip on a Dines Green garage site has become a target for fly-tipping.

Dines Green councillors Richard Udall and Chris Cawthorne have received numerous complaints about the condition of the site at Drake Avenue South.

Fortis Housing Association have placed a skip on the site for over a year to be used for the disposal of rubbish after housing repairs.

However, it has now become a target for fly-tippers and vandals and was also recently set on fire.

“This has been going on for too long, residents are fed up with the mess and the disturbance, we have repeatedly asked for the skip to be removed,” Coun Udall said.

“I now feel action is necessary to get rid of the skip, clean up the site and to secure the area, it has become a quality of life issue that can no longer be ignored”.

Coun Cawthorne added: “The longer this goes on the worse it will get, Fortis really need to act quickly to sort out this problem”.

Both councillors have requested Fortis to take action and resolve the problem.

In a statement, Fortis Living said it monitored the site regularly and fly-tipping was reported.

Clare Huyton, executive director for housing, care and communities, said: “The skip is a locked facility with access limited to Fortis staff and is used for waste materials generated when carrying out repairs to local homes.

“The problems highlighted by Coun Udall are in respect of local fly-tipping around the skip.

“Our caretaking team regularly check the area to keep on top of any fly tipped waste and to try and identify the source of any tipping.

“Any waste that can be traced back to its source is reported to the city council.

“Our team have also been in touch with residents in the locality to ask them not to use the area to fly-tip their rubbish,” she added.

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