Council workers who cleaned up fly-tipping spot verbally abused

Council workers who cleaned up fly-tipping spot verbally abused

by Tom Martin (September 2020)

COUNCIL workers who went to clean up a fly-tipping grotspot in Bootle say they were verbally abused by residents.

The Champion reported last week how a huge pile of rubbish had gathered in an alleyway off Smollet Street, which has been described as a “fly-tipping hotspot” by the local authority.

The mess was cleared away by the council’s Cleansing and Environmental Enforcement Officers, but when they carried out their routine duty of reminding nearby residents of their responsibilities to dispose of waste in the correct way, they were verbally abused by some locals.

Not only that, but in a matter of hours later and the council workers discovered a mattress and television had already been dumped in the alleyway.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Compliance, said: “Our officers should not have to suffer any form of abuse while carrying out their work, especially when they are working hard to support those residents with a particular issue.

“Smollet Street and the surrounding area is a fly-tipping hotspot and this is solely down to a small number of inconsiderate and irresponsible residents who we are fully committed to fining once evidence has been processed.

“Thousands of pounds has been so far spent in the Linacre Ward in clearing excess waste and our teams have repeatedly spoken to residents in the area about their rubbish responsibilities so there can be no excuse.”

Council officers had spent hours clearing tonnes of waste from the alleyway and collected what could be evidence of who is responsible for the fly-tipping. This could lead to fines being issued to those responsible.

Cllr Lappin added: “This area is secured via key entry gates and the only people who have access to that area are the residents themselves.

“Flytipping carries a £400 fixed penalty notice and failure to pay will land you in court. Sefton Council will not hesitate to issue a fine if we catch people doing it.”

If any residents have concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or report it via www.sefton.gov.uk.

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