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Furious taxpayers slam local council after they are made to clean up mountain of rubbish dumped on roadside

  • Local residents had to remove the waste and to take it to a tip
  • Have YOU experienced fly-tipping on your street? Email alesia.fiddler@mailonline.co.uk 

Furious taxpayers have slammed the local council after they were made to clean up mountain of rubbish dumped on roadside. 

A 5ft high pile of roof insulation had been fly-tipped in an exclusive conservation area in Branksome Park, Poole, Dorset overnight.

Local residents had to remove the waste by bagging it up into a van to taking it to a tip.

The clean-up took four trips in total and cost the volunteers £60 despite having fees waived on three of the loads.

Have YOU experienced fly-tipping on your street? Email alesia.fiddler@mailonline.co.uk 

Local residents (pictured) had to remove the waste by bagging it up into a van to taking it to a tip

Local residents (pictured) had to remove the waste by bagging it up into a van to taking it to a tip

The clean-up took four trips in total and cost the volunteers £60 despite having fees waived on three of the loads

The clean-up took four trips in total and cost the volunteers £60 despite having fees waived on three of the loads

The secluded tree-lined street is a private road meaning Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council had no obligation to clear the 30ft long pile of trash. 

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Resident Dionne Bell, 55, said: ‘We did it ourselves. Sadly BCP Council did not look at this community issue and help. We feel very disappointed.

‘Someone from the council came out to inspect the waste but they made it very clear that they wouldn’t be clearing it away.

‘We are a private road but we also all pay council tax and quite considerable amounts of it. The council washes their hands of it and leave it for us to deal with.’

Another resident, who wanted to remain unnamed, said: ‘A lot of people say it is the council’s fault for charging to dump industrial waste at the tip but the fault is on the people who do it, there’s no two ways about it. It’s very thoughtless.’

According to the Keep Britain Tidy website, if an act of fly-tipping happens on private property it is the responsibility of the landowner to safely dispose of the waste and pay any costs.

While the local authority or the Environment Agency should be notified, they are under no obligation to remove the waste.

The secluded tree-lined street is a private road meaning Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council had no obligation to clear the 30ft long pile of trash

The secluded tree-lined street is a private road meaning Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council had no obligation to clear the 30ft long pile of trash

A BCP Council spokesperson said: ‘Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted.

‘We have informed our partners Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement (WISE) about the fly tipping incident, and they are investigating.

‘However, an act of fly-tipping which happens on private property is the responsibility of the landowner to safely dispose of the waste and pay any costs.

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‘It is an unadopted road, and maintenance and upkeep is undertaken at the expense of the owners of the road or of the properties fronting onto it.

‘Should the residents of the road wish for the road to be adopted and maintained by the council, they can make a Private Street Works application to bring the road up to current adoptable standards at their own cost.’

Have YOU experienced fly-tipping on your street? Email alesia.fiddler@mailonline.co.uk 

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