Mattress and sofa dumped in Barton just as clear up is praised
AS Barton residents were being praised for clearing up the rubbish in their community, thoughtless fly-tippers have dumped a sofa and a mattress in the street.
The furniture was left in Derby Road and comes after more dumping last month, when mattresses, a desk, cardboard boxes and black bin bags were among the items left around Barton and Tredworth.
Before that, household waste was found mounting up in an alleyway off Blenheim Road.
Bartongate Surgery's car park, in Barton Street, is also regularly targeted by offenders.
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Now those living in the area are saying is enough is enough and are calling on people to place community spirit higher on the agenda.
Jan Newman, practice manager at the Bartongate Surgery, said: "You wouldn't believe what we have found here in the past – beds, sofas, cabinets. The council is cleaning it up very swiftly, but it shouldn't be happening at all. I think people in Barton need to take a bit more pride in the area.
"I think people need to be educated better on what they can do with their waste. Perhaps they could drop it in an area next to the tip?"
Kate Gilson, from Tredworth, believes the sense of community is already strong in the area and has called on the council to do more.
She said: "I have lived in a number of areas, and the community here is stronger than anywhere else. People already take a lot of pride in where they live here.
"I think the council needs to focus on Barton and Tredworth more, and do more to clear up the rubbish."
Gloucester city councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) said: "Fly-tipping is back in full swing in my patch, and it looks like it's getting worse.
"It is people in Barton who are doing it and I think people are coming in from outside with their big vans full of stuff too. It is just constant.
"At the moment the council is having to come out three to four times a week and that is costing the tax payer money."
The incidents are a far cry from what can be achieved in Barton. In August residents of Hethersett Road won an award for the cleanest street in the Believe in Barton campaign aimed at promoting a clear up in the area.
However, Mr Bhaimia added: "People just aren't taking notice and respecting the area. The only answer I can see is to put up CCTV cameras to catch people doing it, otherwise it will just keep happening over and over again."
Now, residents are being called on to report any incident they see to try to clamp down on the issue.
Coun Saj Patel (C, Barton and Tredworth), cabinet member for the environment, who was yesterday at the Amey depot on Eastern Avenue to show how much waste was diverted from landfill in the Believe in Barton campaign, said: "If anyone sees items being fly tipped and can identify those involved I urge them to pass this information to the council so action can be taken against this minority of selfish people who leave their mess.
"Fly tips are not the council's fault but the fault of those who dump rubbish illegally and the community should unite to show its disgust at such actions."
The council operates a bulky waste service to help those who cannot get items to the household recycling centre. Further information can be found on the city council's website at gloucester.gov.uk.