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Grotspots – Removal of Fly Tipping from Unadopted Alleyways and Similar Locations

The Council’s Streetscene team carries out a range of cleansing activities relating to the Council’s statutory duties as a Street Cleansing Authority. These include mechanical street and road sweeping, litter collection and streetside bin servicing, graffiti and fly posting removal, dog fouling removal and fly capture on public land.

However, many communities also experience problems with fly-tipping on privately owned land such as rear alleyways and other accessible spaces. Although this is not the responsibility of the Borough Council to clear (it is the responsibility of the landowner) it is recognised that trying to identify landowners and perpetrators, and then pursue prosecutions, can be a difficult and lengthy process and that the waste can remain in situ for long periods, attracting further tipping and other problems such as vermin or public health hazards. Report Fly-tipping Online

To this end, the current administration has prioritised this issue in response to community concerns, and directed the Streetscene team to develop a programmed approach to identifying “grotspot” areas, and systematically cleansing them on a cyclical basis.

A successful trial was conducted in April 2018, targeting known grotspots in the Town and Wolstanton wards. The Streetscene team deployed a team on clearing fly tipped waste from private rear alleyways in these areas and this was followed up by the erecting of signs warning people that the area was being monitored and that prosecutions would be pursued if incidents of fly-tipping recurred.

Streetscene managers will inspect known/potential grotspot areas such as non adopted alleyways and compile a prioritised list of the worst affected areas.

A team will then be deployed for a day to clear as much of the waste as possible in the allotted time. Following this warning signs will be erected at each of the cleared sites, and if appropriate, further investigation may take place with a view to gathering evidence if a prosecution is deemed feasible.

If any sites can’t be completed in the allotted time, they will be added to the list for the next scheduled clearance day in four weeks’ time.

Any requests received from residents or members will be added to the list and scheduled for the next allotted time – the team will not action these on a reactive/immediate basis. This is to ensure that resources are not diverted away from other priority core service tasks.

The approach will be reviewed at appropriate intervals and progress reported to the portfolio holder.

Last updated 4 April 2019

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