Hundreds of thousands spent on fly-tipping fight

Pauline Bailey, who is a victim of fly-tipping

Pauline Bailey, who is a victim of fly-tipping

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SOUTHAMPTON has retained its unenviable position of being the worst place in Hampshire for fly-tipping.

The city remains the worst place in the county for the crime according to latest figures, with the local authority shelling out almost £180,000 to clear up the waste and debris.

In better news, the region reported an overall drop in the number of cases of fly-tipping in 2013 to 2014 compared with the year before.

However, the issue became a big problem for one resident who was furious when she discovered a vending machine had been left outside her house in Shirley.

Pauline Bailey reported it to the council and was told it would cost her £25 to get it removed as it was technically on private land.

Now Pauline, who lives in Freemantle but rents out the home in Stafford Road, Shirley, is calling for a change in fly-tipping policy to protect homeowners.

She said: “It’s so frustrating. I would happily champion something being done around here, like installing gates.

“But the big issue is that we are going to get to a point where there are landlords who won’t do anything about it.

“Where do we go if the council does not take any responsibility?

It is not our fault when people leave rubbish on our land and yet we have to deal with it.

“It’s not the cost that is the problem, it’s when it happens again and again. People will get fed up doing it and it could lead to rats and all sorts.”

But the city council said it is not responsible for removing rubbish on private land and urged any victims to report incidents to the police.

But Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet member for environment and transport, said improvements were being made after both the number of incidents and the cost of removal dropped year-on-year.

She said: “Although fly-tipping remains an ongoing issue in the city, I must commend the work of our park and street cleansing teams who attend hundreds of reported incidents every year, the majority of which are cleared on the same day.

“We are undertaking preventative measures like identifying hot spots, and erecting barriers and signs to deter fly-tipping.”

Latest figures

SOUTHAMPTON City Council had to deal with more than 6,000 incidents in 2013/14 according to its latest figures, far higher than its neighbours.

Of those 6,000, almost 2,500 were reported by the public, while the rest were spotted and removed by council teams during their regular rounds.

The council dealt with around 2,000 fewer cases than the year before, with removal costs dropping by £50,000 from £230,000.

But it still dealt with ten times the amount of fly-tipping incidents in Winchester, where there were just 628 in the past year costing £30,500 to clear.

In Eastleigh there were only 469 incidents at a removal cost of £43,000.

Meanwhile in the New Forest, cases rose by more than 100 to 896, with the cost of removal between £50,000-£60,000.

And Test Valley Borough Council cleared 523 incidents at a cost of £52,000.

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12:02pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Mr E says...

Southampton council makes it expensive or difficult to dump stuff ,then complains when people fly tip.

You have to wonder about the mindset of the people running Southampton.
Southampton council makes it expensive or difficult to dump stuff ,then complains when people fly tip. You have to wonder about the mindset of the people running Southampton. Mr E
  • Score: 18

12:33pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Mr E wrote:
Southampton council makes it expensive or difficult to dump stuff ,then complains when people fly tip.

You have to wonder about the mindset of the people running Southampton.
Why is it difficult ..... there are waste collection sites ....
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The truth is there will always be the skank in our society that feel that can dump anything anywhere ...... just a pity that are in or driving through Southampton
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Southampton council makes it expensive or difficult to dump stuff ,then complains when people fly tip. You have to wonder about the mindset of the people running Southampton.[/p][/quote]Why is it difficult ..... there are waste collection sites .... . The truth is there will always be the skank in our society that feel that can dump anything anywhere ...... just a pity that are in or driving through Southampton Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Fri 8 Aug 14

newsknight says...

Question: why the plan to close the Waste Centre at Bunny Lane, Romsey - when there's too much fly-tipping in the county anyway?
Closing a waste facility will mean more fly-tipping - especially with the rate of house building in the Romsey area, creating more waste. The Council Tax on the new properties should provide the extra income to mean Romsey Waste Facility is adequately funded surely??
Question: why the plan to close the Waste Centre at Bunny Lane, Romsey - when there's too much fly-tipping in the county anyway? Closing a waste facility will mean more fly-tipping - especially with the rate of house building in the Romsey area, creating more waste. The Council Tax on the new properties should provide the extra income to mean Romsey Waste Facility is adequately funded surely?? newsknight
  • Score: 18

2:03pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Snowfox84 says...

For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.
For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping. Snowfox84
  • Score: 14

4:50pm Fri 8 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

Snowfox84 wrote:
For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.
If you can drive somewhere to fly tip then you can drive to a council dump you lazy @@@@
[quote][p][bold]Snowfox84[/bold] wrote: For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.[/p][/quote]If you can drive somewhere to fly tip then you can drive to a council dump you lazy @@@@ mickey01
  • Score: 0

5:08pm Fri 8 Aug 14

lastminmoran says...

BACK in the 80s when i lived in the area,i had to bring back wayward trolley's back to the supermarket in locks heath.IT always amazed me how many were round the city of Southampton.PERHAPS CLEVER PEOPLE could do some-kind of study into the mentality.Perhaps it could be the constant heavy traffic that puts people off from going to waste dumps? the council could have more local dumps in and around the city? brownfield? do any exist now?
BACK in the 80s when i lived in the area,i had to bring back wayward trolley's back to the supermarket in locks heath.IT always amazed me how many were round the city of Southampton.PERHAPS CLEVER PEOPLE could do some-kind of study into the mentality.Perhaps it could be the constant heavy traffic that puts people off from going to waste dumps? the council could have more local dumps in and around the city? brownfield? do any exist now? lastminmoran
  • Score: 3

7:37pm Fri 8 Aug 14

mrblunt says...

Didn't SCC disband their enforcement team some time ago, a largish team that dealt with and investigated fly tipping as in this article and litter offences. If I recall, Mr Royston Smith had this brainwave that he could save money and incorporate this sort of enforcement with the traffic wardens parking enforcement work. Wasn't he going to name them something like, 'Super Enforcers'. It seems that didn't happen. Oh dear another bubble burst !!!!
Didn't SCC disband their enforcement team some time ago, a largish team that dealt with and investigated fly tipping as in this article and litter offences. If I recall, Mr Royston Smith had this brainwave that he could save money and incorporate this sort of enforcement with the traffic wardens parking enforcement work. Wasn't he going to name them something like, 'Super Enforcers'. It seems that didn't happen. Oh dear another bubble burst !!!! mrblunt
  • Score: 1

10:04am Sat 9 Aug 14

seventysix says...

That vending machine - there should be a plate on it giving the machine number and a phone number to call if it needs attention. That should determine where the machine was last registered, the police may well be interested in how it got to it's present location....
That vending machine - there should be a plate on it giving the machine number and a phone number to call if it needs attention. That should determine where the machine was last registered, the police may well be interested in how it got to it's present location.... seventysix
  • Score: 4

10:21am Sat 9 Aug 14

Snowfox84 says...

mickey01 wrote:
Snowfox84 wrote:
For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.
If you can drive somewhere to fly tip then you can drive to a council dump you lazy @@@@
You stupid @@@@. Who said anything about driving?! It's called BULK waste, the clue's in the name. I'll drag it all off my property and hopefully onto your property!
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Snowfox84[/bold] wrote: For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.[/p][/quote]If you can drive somewhere to fly tip then you can drive to a council dump you lazy @@@@[/p][/quote]You stupid @@@@. Who said anything about driving?! It's called BULK waste, the clue's in the name. I'll drag it all off my property and hopefully onto your property! Snowfox84
  • Score: 0

10:59am Sat 9 Aug 14

forest hump says...

Snowfox84 wrote:
mickey01 wrote:
Snowfox84 wrote:
For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.
If you can drive somewhere to fly tip then you can drive to a council dump you lazy @@@@
You stupid @@@@. Who said anything about driving?! It's called BULK waste, the clue's in the name. I'll drag it all off my property and hopefully onto your property!
You sir, are a selfish piece of dirt.
[quote][p][bold]Snowfox84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Snowfox84[/bold] wrote: For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.[/p][/quote]If you can drive somewhere to fly tip then you can drive to a council dump you lazy @@@@[/p][/quote]You stupid @@@@. Who said anything about driving?! It's called BULK waste, the clue's in the name. I'll drag it all off my property and hopefully onto your property![/p][/quote]You sir, are a selfish piece of dirt. forest hump
  • Score: 1

11:02am Sat 9 Aug 14

Snowfox84 says...

forest hump wrote:
Snowfox84 wrote:
mickey01 wrote:
Snowfox84 wrote:
For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.
If you can drive somewhere to fly tip then you can drive to a council dump you lazy @@@@
You stupid @@@@. Who said anything about driving?! It's called BULK waste, the clue's in the name. I'll drag it all off my property and hopefully onto your property!
You sir, are a selfish piece of dirt.
Not at all. I paid the Council a fee for a service, if they refuse to take it because the items are wet, I'll move them off my property.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Snowfox84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Snowfox84[/bold] wrote: For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.[/p][/quote]If you can drive somewhere to fly tip then you can drive to a council dump you lazy @@@@[/p][/quote]You stupid @@@@. Who said anything about driving?! It's called BULK waste, the clue's in the name. I'll drag it all off my property and hopefully onto your property![/p][/quote]You sir, are a selfish piece of dirt.[/p][/quote]Not at all. I paid the Council a fee for a service, if they refuse to take it because the items are wet, I'll move them off my property. Snowfox84
  • Score: 1

9:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

Snowfox84 wrote:
forest hump wrote:
Snowfox84 wrote:
mickey01 wrote:
Snowfox84 wrote:
For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.
If you can drive somewhere to fly tip then you can drive to a council dump you lazy @@@@
You stupid @@@@. Who said anything about driving?! It's called BULK waste, the clue's in the name. I'll drag it all off my property and hopefully onto your property!
You sir, are a selfish piece of dirt.
Not at all. I paid the Council a fee for a service, if they refuse to take it because the items are wet, I'll move them off my property.
What makes you think it's ok to take something that's your problem and make it into someone else's? The issue is between you and the council. Threatening to dump it on someone else is pure selfishness.
[quote][p][bold]Snowfox84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Snowfox84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Snowfox84[/bold] wrote: For us, it wasn't the cost but the sheer hassle we went through with SCC's bulk waste department. 24 days from filling their online form until collection and what gets my goat is their policy that they will refuse to collect items that are wet. I just hope our items dry out in time because otherwise sorry but I'll be flytipping.[/p][/quote]If you can drive somewhere to fly tip then you can drive to a council dump you lazy @@@@[/p][/quote]You stupid @@@@. Who said anything about driving?! It's called BULK waste, the clue's in the name. I'll drag it all off my property and hopefully onto your property![/p][/quote]You sir, are a selfish piece of dirt.[/p][/quote]Not at all. I paid the Council a fee for a service, if they refuse to take it because the items are wet, I'll move them off my property.[/p][/quote]What makes you think it's ok to take something that's your problem and make it into someone else's? The issue is between you and the council. Threatening to dump it on someone else is pure selfishness. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 1

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