Meeting To Discuss Bradford's Flytipping Problem

It's taking place tonight.

A meeting will take place tonight to discuss what could be done to tackle Bradford's flytipping problem.

The Green Party in the city has raised concerns about a "flytipping epidemic" in Holme Wood and surrounding areas.

Matt Edwards, Green Party spokesperson for Tong Ward, has called on Bradford Council to do more.

He said: "There is a flytipping epidemic in Bradford. Already this week we have reported 15 separate instances of flytipping in Holme Wood alone. The rubbish ranges from baths, mattresses and just bags of litter.

"What the Council is doing clearly isn't working and we need to really start thinking outside of the box if we want to get a proper grip of the problem.”

Matt is keen to point out that part of the problem in the area is the prominent derelict sites – like the site of a now demolished mill on Factory Street in Dudley Hill – which have become hotspots for fly-tipping.

The land has been empty since the fire-ravaged building was demolished in 2012.

Julia McGoldrick from Tong & Fulneck Valley Association said: "Local people are fed up with the area being treated like a rubbish dump and the council unwilling to take proactive measures.

"Council workers are having to clear areas like New Lane outside Tong Village almost daily. 

"We repeatedly raise the issue of these hot spot areas and nothing is done to try and prevent the problem in the first place.

"We have decided that we have been left no other option but to together as a community to try and tackle this issue ourselves."

The meeting is on Thursday 7th February, 7pm til 8pm at Tong Village Hall.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Healthy People & Places, said: “This sounds like party political spin from the Greens. There’s never any excuse for fly-tipping or littering. No responsible business or household should ever dump waste, forcing their fellow taxpayers to foot the bill. Flytipping is a criminal offence which can lead to a big fine or up to five years in prison. We have a strong enforcement policy on flytipping and littering. We regularly prosecute people when we catch the culprits. That’s why the fines we give out for littering have increased by over 800 during the last two years in the city centre alone. As Labour councillors we regularly work with our communities across the district doing litter-picks and community clear-ups including in wards like Tong. If people want to join in with this activity, they are very welcome. It’s all our responsibility to make sure where we live is welcoming and keeping the place clean is part of that.”

Tong ward councillor, Cllr Alan Wainwright said: “I am out on the streets of Holme Wood on a regular basis, obviously over the festive period litter on the streets increases everywhere not only in Holme Wood. It should be noted that the Bradford South Clean team won the best area team in the recent Council awards. I have the utmost respect for these council employees who work hard and urgently in all kinds of weather cleaning up after the minority of inconsiderate people who have no respect for the areas they live in or visit. The Green Party fail to say how they would deal with litter on a much reduced budget. This Labour Council fines people and we encourage residents to report culprits dropping litter or flytipping.”

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