Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Do as I say, not as I do?

Well we've always said we're here as an extra layer media to the local press, and just to prove we don't have any grudges against them we'd thought we'd take the opportunity to priase them on their front page this week.

Under the headline of "Gobsmacked" they have run a story detailing the envrionmental hazard and eyesore that is in the garden of the Council leader, Chris Roberts' registered residence. Unbelievably, the man who preaches to us all to be greener and not dump rubbish has done nothing about the fly-tipping on his doorstep.

In fairness to him it's not his ward so, if we understand the rules correctly, he technically has to go to his local Councillor to have the situation sorted out. This of course assumes that he has made the "one stop shop" phonecall to Cleansweep first. Cleansweep are, according to the A-Z Guide of Council Services we received recently, your first port of call for such problems, and are just brilliant.. honest!

Update: We've managed to get a high resolution version of the picture from the front page. Just so you can see the mess in all it's glory. Click the image for the BIG version.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. this is private property- so cleansweep aren't responsible

2. when you cut 22,000 man hours out of a service it's a bit hard to maintain standards

stop using cleansweep as a scapegoat

7:49 pm  
Blogger Indigo said...

Oh, dear, that is seriously awful. I see a tv set in the photo. Since July 2005, tv sets have been catalogued as "hazardous", along with computer monitors, and there are EU/UK regulations about how they have to be disposed of safely. From the Environment Agency web site, "Your local council will now be able to fine you if you have not taken care to ensure that your waste is passed on to an authorised person."

Fly-tipping poses a threat to humans and wildlife and damages our environment. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses where illegal operators undercut those operating within the law. Everyone has a duty of care to see that waste - and especially hazardous waste - is removed from their property by a registered waste carrier.

If Chris puts his postcode into the little search box on the right hand side of this page, it will tell him where his local landfill site is. In case the Leader of the Council somehow does not know this already. Sorry, Chris Roberts, this is really disgusting, and it speaks volumes about your attitude to those who have to live and work alongside you.

8:06 pm  
Blogger said...

anonymous... we didn't say Cleansweep were responsible.

We said that according to the Council's A-Z Guide of Services, you can get rid of your rubbish like this by calling Cleansweep.

Something that we would presume the leader would have at least done given his current claims to be green hippy tree hugger.

12:00 am  
Blogger Indigo said...

My neighbour, a seen-it-all unsentimental woman in her 60s, believes that Chris Roberts must have been paid by the fly-tippers.

You do wonder why he has put up with it for so long - never caught anyone doing the fly-tipping, never had it cleared, never complained about it or put up a notice - just left it there "advertising" his garden as a dump.

5:18 pm  

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