Thursday, 18 December 2014

Tackling fly tipping in our neighbourhood

A recurring concern of Rosary Road and Area Residents Association is fly tipping, and it is a priority for us at the moment. Several locations in the neighbourhood, around Rosary Road, St. Thomas Road and Frances Road, have been seen by residents to be hotspots for people to illegally dump their rubbish and unwanted belongings.

Recently, some of our members undertook a walkthrough of the neighbourhood to survey these hotspots.

Mike, Saalim, Paul and Tracey surveying fly tipping.
The objective of the survey was to gather evidence by noting the locations and taking photographs at those locations, to present a case to local authorities. Here are some examples of thir findings.

Entrance to St. Thomas Road/Abbey Road gully, behind the shops.

Abbey Road/George Road gully, on opposite site of the road to the mosque.
It's safe to say that, sadly, the sights in the images above are quite familiar to residents of the area, and very much bring the neighbourhood down.

We are continually liaising with local councillors to identify the best method of combatting fly tipping. Some ideas that have been discussed to ease the matter include:
  • Create placards to fix to lampposts
  • Dialogue with the council to understand budget constraints, possible reasons behind fly tipping
  • Knock on doors with petition for CCTV to monitor hotspots
We welcome more voices airing their concern, helping to report incidents of fly tipping, and creating a stronger sense of community concern to local authorities to lobby them for further action on the matter. Please contact us to find out details of our next meeting where you can have your say. Our email is rosaryroadareara@outlook.com.

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