Call for heavy fines over rubbish problems

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 June 2013

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A CALL for heavy fines for dumping rubbish in the street has been made by a disgruntled resident who says he is tired of 'sanitary towels, dog mess and rotting food' strewn across his neighbourhood.

Martyn Adams, aged 69, of South Road, Weston, says the area has been beset by rubbish problems for more than a year and is calling on North Somerset Council to come down hard on people creating the ‘health hazard’ by issuing large fines.

He says rubbish problems have become so bad in his street that he and his wife are considering selling up and moving.

He said: “In recent years many of the streets in Weston have become a refuse tip. It is an absolute disgrace that residents have to pick their way through bags of rubbish that have been left out by the mindless few to be picked over by foxes, cats and seagulls.

“Rubbish, including nappies, sanitary towels, dog mess and rotting food cover many pavements in South Road and Atlantic Road South, to name but two.”

Mr Adams added the council has told him it has a ’10-day window’ to react to rubbish complaints, a response which drew criticism from the disgruntled homeowner.

He added: “Having reported the problem to the council on many occasions we were told that the appropriate department has a 10-day window to investigate complaints - yes 10 days, incredible.

“I think it’s essential that they enforce their own regulations. If the council started issuing £70 fines overnight, it would solve it, there would be far less complaints. One strict action from them would probably solve dozens and dozens of complaints straight away. If you multiply that across Weston you might be able to do away with the rubbish complaints department altogether.”

A council spokesman said: “Residents should put out their waste by 7am on the day of collection.

“Where there are problems with rubbish being put out on the wrong day, we visit residents and write to them to encourage them to put out their waste in the correct way.”

He directed people to check their collection day at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/calendar

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