Beckenham residents incensed by fly-tippers as council refuses to clear up mess (From This Is Local London)
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Beckenham residents incensed by fly-tippers as council refuses to clear up mess
FLY-TIPPERS have incensed the residents of a Beckenham street - and to make matters worse, the council won't clear up the mess.
Three weeks ago fly-tippers struck in an alley off Eden Park Avenue, leaving behind a pile of household junk.
The council refused to clear the rubbish because it had been dumped on private land, leaving Paul Dove to pay around £50 to get it taken away.
However within days of its removal a huge pile of bricks, breeze blocks and timbre appeared in its place.
Mr Dove, 51, said: "The first time it happened my neighbour told me it was the first time in 10 years someone had dumped a pile of rubbish that big.
"I though that's fine, I'll pay out and we'll get someone to come and pick it up.
"When I thought that was bad enough it happened again.
"On November 27 at around 3am, my neighbour heard an almighty smash.
"He looked out the window and saw them shoot off.
"And this pile was huge. You could fill a small skip with it.
"We would have to pay hundreds of pounds to get it removed.
"But why should we be responsible? I think this time it'll end up just staying there."
Mr Dove called for help from the council, saying he feared that should he and his neighbours remove the rubble again, it would just be replaced by more trash.
He added: "The police cannot do anything about it, the council won't do anything about it.
"We are all tax payers, law abiding citizens, just because we have bought houses why shouldn't we be helped with this sort of thing?"
Executive councillor for environment Colin Smith said: "The owners of private alleyways are in law responsible both for access to and for clearing away any tipping which occurs within them.
"Mr Dove has been advised to consider the possibility of erecting gates or bollards to prevent any recurrence of this blight and also offered an example in the immediate vicinity of his home where other neighbours have come together and taken simple, inexpensive positive action to solve an all but identical problem."
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