Tipped fridge has blocked allotments for a month in Northampton because of red tape

Plot holders have lodged complaints about the large industrial fridge by a Kingsthorpe allotments. Finally the council is coming out to move it.

Plot holders have lodged complaints about the large industrial fridge by a Kingsthorpe allotments. Finally the council is coming out to move it.

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A fly-tipped industrial fridge blocking a Northampton allotments will finally be moved by council wardens after a month of complaints from plot holders.

The large unit, dumped one evening in February, covers most of the entrance to the Studland Road allotments in Kingsthorpe.

But Northampton Borough Council says it has been unable to remove the large fridge - which is now full of cans bottles, and mud - because it was dumped on a 10-metre long private entry road - even though it owns the allotments.

It is not certain who owns the land and the council said the item was too big to lift without specialist equipment anyway.

However, after seven unfulfilled pledges to get the item removed, the borough council has finally caved in.

A spokesman said: “Northampton Borough Council will be removing the fridge freezer that was dumped on this private land, which is a right of access, because we know it was a concern to local people.

“The fridge freezer is a large commercial unit and would be too big and heavy for the wardens to move so it will require mechanical lifting equipment to remove it.

“The irresponsible action of the dumpers has now put a cost to the taxpayer so we really need people to tell us if they see fly tipping so that we can take action against the offenders.”

During the past month there have been fears the fridge created an environmental hazard, because some fridges made before January 2015 contain harmful gases, and so need to be disposed of properly by the local authority.

Councillor Sally Beardsworth (Lid Dem, Kingsthorpe) said the saga had been a battle of red tape against common sense.

“It has been a hazard to children because they could climb inside and suffocate.

“No one would have minded if the council had come and picked it up - though they would argue doing so would have set a precedent.

“At the end of the day we have the right vehicles, we have the manpower, we should have picked it up sooner.”

However Councillor Beardsworth said the real villain in this case is the person who tipped the three-metre long fridge in the first place.

It is expected to be removed today or tomorrow.