Taunton Deane Borough Council Wakes Up to Fly-Tipping Issue

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.

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One Response to Taunton Deane Borough Council Wakes Up to Fly-Tipping Issue

  1. Elaine Parr says:

    I am appalled by the amount of fly tipping that occurs around the area of upper Cheddon and at the end of Cats Lane which is off of Cheddon Road. Despite many phone calls to TDBC and the repeated amount of clear ups they have to do, there has been no additional signs or deterrents put in place. The sickening things for me is that there of often objects relating to families with children i.e broken toys, packaging from toys at Christmas, dirty nappies; what messages are such families sending out to children of the next generation. I do believe that the cost of using recycling centers has a lot to do with this problem, as well as opening times for those families that work.

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