Council Promise To Monitor Bolton Road Bins
As locals demand action over overflowing recycling containers
Hounslow Council has said it will continue to monitor a flytipping 'hotspot' in Grove Park where regularly overflowing recycling bins have caused local anger.
The bins on Bolton Road were cleared early Wednesday (June 4).
The bins were cleared early on June 4
But within 48 hours this was the scene on June 6th (see below)
A Council spokesman said: “We have had problems at the site, which seemed to be caused by the textiles bank being full, and bags of clothes being left around the site, which in turn attracts further fly-tipping. We have contacted the owners of the textiles bank and they are clearing the bank, and others around the borough.
“The fly-tipping has been cleared and Hounslow Highways are monitoring the site to make sure any future fly-tipping is quickly removed."
Residents on streets near the recycling receptacles say they can be left overflowing for days at a time and quickly fill up after they have been emptied.
Residents say the area has become a 'flytipping hotspot' and people continue to dump rubbish there even when bins are clearly full. As soon as council refuse collectors remove the rubbish, it fills up again in a very short time, they say.
One local resident commented: "This is now getting beyond a joke, and something needs to be done about it. People now view this area as simply a dump, to leave anything unwanted, or their household refuse. It is appalling and cannot be allowed to remain like this."
He said he had regularly seen rats around the bins and there were health implications for the neighbourhood. There was also a nearby bench which attracted alcoholics which was currently piled high with used tins of lager. The view for residents living opposite must appear like something from "a third world dump", he said. The bins should either be taken away and moved elsewhere, or CCTV installed to deter and police the area.
The bins pictured two weeks ago
Another recycling bin outside the parade of shops across the road from the Station House pub is also regularly left with rubbish spilling out until collected by LBH (see pic below)
A recent picture
Andy Murray of the Grove Park Group said he had been in touch with the Council's recycling department a number of times on the issue. He cited one recent example where he reported the situation using a new 'flytipping' App and by email to the recycling department of LBH on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend with a photograph attached- it was cleared the following Wednesday (rubbish collection day for the area). Three days later he reported more flytipping, and on May 16th reported overflowing bins by the newsagents nearby which was cleaned up on Monday, 18th May.
The GPG was told in April that the Recycling Dept of LBH is monitoring the bins and will report in July. However locals are becoming increasingly angry at the state of the bins and say the cleaning up is sporadic.
Cllr Paul Lynch (Cons) said; "The problem has recently become very bad, and many are concerned. I am inclined to press for the removal of the recycling facility entirely. Hounslow Highways cannot police the site properly, and people will not co-operate and use it properly."
He said he would bring the matter to the attention of the Chiswick Area Forum at its next meeting in July.
A Council spokesman said: “To report fly-tipping, here or anywhere in the borough, call 020 8583 2000.”
June 6, 2014