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Northampton homeowner fed up after 10 years of fly-tipping troubles behind his Briar Hill home

Wayde Rathbone is trying to get measures put in place to curb fly-tippers from targetting an area near his home in Briarhill.

Wayde Rathbone is trying to get measures put in place to curb fly-tippers from targetting an area near his home in Briarhill.

A homeowner says ‘almost constant’ fly-tipping on a strip of land behind his house in 
Briar Hill has turned the area into a tip.

Wayde Rathbone, of The Briars, said he had been attempting to get the borough council to clean up the latest pile of rubbish, strewn across the grassy area, for the past month.

But he believes the land is a fly-tipping hotspot because many Briar Hill residents do not have transport to take their extra rubbish to a recycling centre.

He also said the problem resurfaced every bin day as the area only received a ‘sack collection’ and was not provided with wheelie bins.

Now he is spending more time at home battling a serious illness, Mr Rathbone said he was fed up of the sight and is urging the council to provide residents with a long-term solution to combat the tippers.

“They should be putting CCTV in here,” he said. “So they can monitor who is doing it and fine them. They should put a big skip here too.”

Mr Rathbone, aged 48, a project designer for a web design company, said he had been calling the council for 10 years to try to resolve the tipping issue.

But cabinet member for environment Councillor Mike Hallam (Con, Parklands) said help could be on the horizon.

He said: “The issue of fly tipping in The Briars is an ongoing problem that we are trying to resolve. While our partners at Enterprise are removing fly tipping that is reported, we agree with Mr Rathbone that a more long- term solution is needed.

“Our public protection officers are looking at different options, including stepping up patrols and installing surveillance cameras. They are also looking at the rubbish collection arrangements in the area to see if more can be done to make it easier for people to dispose of their rubbish.”

 

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