Graham inspects fly-tipping in Withernsea
Beverley and Holderness MP, Graham Stuart, visited the Kirkfield area of Withernsea with Councillor Lynn Healing to see the damage done by fly-tipping in the area.
Cllr Healing showed Graham fly tipping around Cherry Tree Avenue and Francis Avenue which has been going on for several years. Household rubbish items are regularly dumped in the area including unwanted sofas, mattresses and fridges. There is also a problem with shopping trolleys from the nearby Tesco and Aldi stores being abandoned there.
Cllr Healing said “I’m concerned about the effect this has on residents, especially those who take pride in their homes and look after them. I’m also worried about the cost to the tax payer of clearing the rubbish and the potential effect this could have on the level of council tax. A couple of weeks ago there were 15 abandoned shopping trolleys on Cherry Tree Avenue, and in addition a load of rubbish was set fire to and the fire brigade had to come out. Over the last couple of years I’ve been contacted by concerned residents dozens of times, which means that dozens of times East Riding Council has had to spend taxpayers’ money to take the rubbish away. East Riding Council officers are as fed up with this as the residents and I’m delighted to know that they are increasing their efforts to find the culprits, which will hopefully result in prosecutions.
It currently costs the council around £350,000 to clear up fly-tipped waste from the roadside each year.
Surveying the scene of the extensive fly-tipping, Graham said “This level of rubbish dumping in a residential area is clearly unacceptable and I would urge residents to take their unwanted household items to the local tip which is, after all, only half a mile away, and is free. It’s extremely depressing for residents who take a pride in their homes and where they live to come out of their houses in the morning and find yet another load of fly-tipped goods blighting the area. I know Councillor Healing has been working hard with residents and East Riding Council to have the rubbish removed as quickly as possible after it’s dumped, but the nuisance to residents, the hard work of Councillor Healing, and the cost to the taxpayer to remove it, could so easily be unnecessary if the culprits just use the tip.”
December 1st, 2017