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Farnborough close is fly-tipping hotspot

Caswell Close in Farnborough's Cherrywood ward has been identified as the worst area in Rushmoor for fly-tipping with hundreds of reported incidents

Councillor Les Taylor with examples of fly-tipping at Caswell Close

An area of Farnborough is the worst in Rushmoor for fly-tipping, statistics have shown.

The Cherrywood ward is accountable for almost half of all reported fly-tipping incidents across Aldershot and Hampshire.

Fly-tipping in the borough has been increasing over the last eight years and last year there were 1,314 reported fly-tips, which is more than four times the amount in 2006.

Of these incidents, there were nearly 690 reports in the Cherrywood ward, the majority of which were in Caswell Close.

Councillors believe that the high level of unemployment, low car ownership and a number of social problems in the area could be to blame for the fly-tipping.

Caswell Close in Farnborough is the worst in Rushmoor for fly-tipping

Rushmoor Borough Council currently spends £4 million each year on a contract with Veolia Environmental Services, which includes ground maintenance, cleansing of public toilets, waste management and street cleansing in the borough – however, private land is not included in the contract.

Residents who receive benefits are currently offered a 50% discount on the cost of bulk waste collection and councillors have considered a number of different solutions to tackle fly-tipping, such as making the service free on certain days of the year and offering a financial reward to residents who report fly-tipping, when it leads to successful prosecution.

However, Councillor Les Taylor, representing the Cherrywood ward for the council, said not enough is being done to tackle the issue and not everyone sees it as a concern.

He said: “The council will not put in any funding and will not take on any new staff to deal with this.

“They seem to be quite happy to just tinker about, they like to think the borough is doing well, and it’s obvious that there are some councillors who don’t appreciate that there is a problem.

“Just calling staff up to get rid of it is not an answer, the answer is to stop it altogether, the council should be giving it high priority.”

Items dumped in the ward have included sofas, mattresses, bricks, building rubble, televisions and fridges.

Cllr Taylor said a number of residents also ignore the issue.

He said: “It’s no coincidence that the more deprived areas of the borough are also littering and fly-tipping hotspots.

“The problem with Caswell Close is it makes the whole area look bad and the feeling of the people who live there is that nothing is being done and nobody cares, so why should they.

“This is part of the problem for me, residents have got so used to it that they just don’t bother doing anything about it.”

But David Quirk, director of community and environment for the council, believed that residents do see fly-tipping as an issue.

He said: “They are the ones who report fly-tipping to us, that’s how we know there are so many fly-tips there.

“What is probably true is that some residents aren’t bothered by it and indeed there is some anecdotal evidence it may be the residents themselves who are fly-tipping in that location.

“I cannot see that people would drive there for the purposes of fly-tipping, there are many other places other than in Cherrywood where they can do it.”

 

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