Fly-tippers dumping bulky waste in Barton, Gloucester
DUMPED rubbish is piling up in Barton because people don't want to pay to have large items removed.
That's the verdict of Barton and Tredworth councillors after mountains of rubbish including old mattresses were found dumped in a Barton Street alleyway.
Councillors Usman Bhaimia and Said Hansdot (L, Barton and Tredworth) are calling on Gloucester City Council to review charges to remove bulky household waste.
Currently, residents fork out £24 for up to three items and £8 for additional items.
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For anyone receiving housing or council tax benefit, the charge is reduced to £12 for the first three items and each additional item costs £4.
"People don't want to pay the charge so they dump their rubbish here," said Mr Bhaimia.
"I had some big bins put down here but they aren't big enough to take the larger items such as mattresses.
"The problem is that this charge was introduced a couple of years ago and it has caused a big issue here."
The councillors believe people are dumping their waste in the alleyways under the cover of darkness.
The latest incident involved the whole stretch of an alleyway near to Al-Murad tile shop being strewn with bags of rubbish.
The city council has asked the owner of the land to remove the rubbish.
Councillor Kathy Williams, cabinet member for environment, said: "It's not necessary for people to go to the trouble of fly-tipping large household items.
"Where fly-tipping does take place and we find evidence of the people responsible, we will and do take action.
"Fly-tipping can lead to fines of up to £50,000 and imprisonment."
The council says householders can also recycle their items at Household Recycling Centre for free.