The Somerset County Gazette today carries an almost full page feature on fly-tipping. Anyone who regularly reads my blog will know that it’s an issue that I’ve been raising for the last 12 months. The cuts to the opening hours at the Council’s recycling centres and the new charges introduced at all sites have directly led to a doubling in the incidence and clean-up cost of fly-tipping. It’s no use Councillor Hayward blustering away that “We’re doing all we can to combat the problem.” when a fair chunk of the problem has been caused by the Conservative administration’s policies that he promotes. Let’s not forget, even Eric Pickles, the Conservative Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said that Taunton Deane’s plans “utterly counterproductive“.
Forget advertising in the Gazette and reverse the damaging cuts and charges at the Council waste sites.