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'Proactive clearance' of fly-tipping needs to take place, says Farnborough councillor

Rushmoor Borough Council has agreed a series of measures with waste contractors Veolia Management to improve the Cherrywood ward

From left: Cherrywood ward councillors Barry Jones, Les Taylor and Clive Grattan on a litter pick

A Farnborough councillor has said more proactive clearance needs to take place to prevent the ‘scourge’ of fly-tipping in his ward.

Cherrywood ward councillor Les Taylor goes out regularly with other councillors to pick up litter and tidy the area, but wants to see Rushmoor Borough Council and its waste contractors do more to prevent rubbish from building up.

He said: “The Cherrywood ward councillors (Clive Grattan, Barry Jones and myself) have had a number of meetings over recent years with council representatives to try and find ways to reduce the level of fly-tipping.

“As a result it has reduced significantly, although spikes occur on a regular basis – probably as a result of an event such as a house or garage clearance.

“We have recently had a further meeting with Rush-moor and waste contractors Veolia Management Services to raise the issues again, and to target general litter clearance as well.

“We want to see a greater degree of proactive clearance taking place, rather than have residents and ourselves, as councillors, having to write to the council before serious action is taken.

“The great majority of the residents in Cherrywood ward are just as annoyed as we are at the scourge of fly-tipping and litter that continues to blight the ward.”

Cllr Martin Tennant, cabinet member for environment and service delivery for the borough council, said: “On August 18 we had a positive meeting with our contractor, Veolia, and councillors for the Cherrywood ward, and agreed a tailored plan with the aim of improving cleanliness and tackling fly-tipping in this area.

“We’ve agreed a number of specific actions for the Cherrywood ward additional to our standard requirements. These include checks before and after street cleaning to ensure standards are met, extra litter and weed clearance in various locations and proactive pick-ups of rubbish by our crews, all of which should contribute to an overall improvement in the upkeep of this area.”

Veolia Management Services did not respond to our request for a comment.

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