Residents hit out over flytipping warnings from Bradford Council

Terry Hatfield and some of the flytipped rubbish

Terry Hatfield and some of the flytipped rubbish

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

A retired wedding cake maker says people who dump rubbish should be shamed after he and neighbours were threatened with legal action because strangers have flytipped on their land.

Terry Hatfield and nine others who own garages on Leicester Street, East Bowling, Bradford, have received letters from Bradford Council which say they could face fines of up to £2,500 if they do not clear land around the buildings.

Bags of rubble, a soggy duvet and car seats are among the items dumped around the garages, while land behind them, next to the pavement, is littered with bottles, cans and wrappers.

Mr Hatfield spoke to a Council warden about two years ago when rubbish started building up, who had said he would try and find out who was responsible. Since then the problem has got worse and the 67-year-old, who has no transport and back problems, says he will struggle to move the waste.

“And I can’t see any reason why we should have to shift it,” he said.

“It never used to be like this, it used to be tidy.”

Mr Hatfield challenges people he sees littering, but says neighbours are less confident about doing so.

“I think it’s absolutely disgusting. There’s no reason why people can’t put things in the bin or go to the skip, it’s only up the road.”

Mr Hatfield, who has owned his garage for 35 years, believes more needs doing about flytipping in general and is waiting to hear back from ward councillors and MP David Ward this week about the issue.

He said he accepts to a “certain extent” that the responsibility is his as a landowner, but says the situation is hugely unfair. He suggests street bins and warning signs could help deter litterbugs.

“I think they should do something to try and stop people from dumping. It’s not just our problem, this is a problem that’s all over the place. People are just dumping things wherever the feel like it and it’s just not right,” Mr Hatfield said.

Neighbours recently saw someone dumping rubbish, including a large collapsed wooden box, but the man drove away in his white van before they were able to get a registration number.

Environmental Health Manager Carol Morgan said: “It is the responsibility of landowners to keep their own land tidy and to clear any rubbish from it. If they don't, we take action to ensure compliance with the regulations.

“We always investigate flytipping incidents to see if we can identify those who flytip so we can prosecute them, but obviously we need evidence to identify the perpetrators. Our Council Wardens patrol neighbourhoods, but we would urge local people to be vigilant and record times and dates and any registration vehicle plates of anyone seen to be dumping rubbish and report incidents to us on (01274) 434366.

“Whether we can or can't identify the culprits, we still require people to keep their own land clean and tidy”

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6:53am Thu 27 Feb 14

Albion. says...

Travelling out of the city (yes I HAD to go in) yesterday I noticed every garden on Manningham Lane as we approached the Carlisle Road junction, was festooned in rubbish, some even had it on the doorsteps! It's obvious that the occupants don't care. I wonder if they will be facing fines of £2,500?
Travelling out of the city (yes I HAD to go in) yesterday I noticed every garden on Manningham Lane as we approached the Carlisle Road junction, was festooned in rubbish, some even had it on the doorsteps! It's obvious that the occupants don't care. I wonder if they will be facing fines of £2,500? Albion.
  • Score: 12

6:56am Thu 27 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Albion. wrote:
Travelling out of the city (yes I HAD to go in) yesterday I noticed every garden on Manningham Lane as we approached the Carlisle Road junction, was festooned in rubbish, some even had it on the doorsteps! It's obvious that the occupants don't care. I wonder if they will be facing fines of £2,500?
Maybe they're lodgers and couldn't care less what happens 'outside'?
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Travelling out of the city (yes I HAD to go in) yesterday I noticed every garden on Manningham Lane as we approached the Carlisle Road junction, was festooned in rubbish, some even had it on the doorsteps! It's obvious that the occupants don't care. I wonder if they will be facing fines of £2,500?[/p][/quote]Maybe they're lodgers and couldn't care less what happens 'outside'? The Hoffster
  • Score: -8

9:32am Thu 27 Feb 14

wobbley-bob says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Travelling out of the city (yes I HAD to go in) yesterday I noticed every garden on Manningham Lane as we approached the Carlisle Road junction, was festooned in rubbish, some even had it on the doorsteps! It's obvious that the occupants don't care. I wonder if they will be facing fines of £2,500?
Maybe they're lodgers and couldn't care less what happens 'outside'?
Maybe that's the case Cade, but it's still the landlords responsibility to keep his property clean & tidy.

The 'maze' between Leeds Rd & Barkerend Rd is like driving through a landfill. There was a settee & a bed in the roads around there yesterday.
I dunno how the residents live like that, it's disgusting.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Travelling out of the city (yes I HAD to go in) yesterday I noticed every garden on Manningham Lane as we approached the Carlisle Road junction, was festooned in rubbish, some even had it on the doorsteps! It's obvious that the occupants don't care. I wonder if they will be facing fines of £2,500?[/p][/quote]Maybe they're lodgers and couldn't care less what happens 'outside'?[/p][/quote]Maybe that's the case Cade, but it's still the landlords responsibility to keep his property clean & tidy. The 'maze' between Leeds Rd & Barkerend Rd is like driving through a landfill. There was a settee & a bed in the roads around there yesterday. I dunno how the residents live like that, it's disgusting. wobbley-bob
  • Score: 11

10:11am Thu 27 Feb 14

sorrow&anger says...

Typical Council. Restrict the opening hours of the dumps, make everybody apply for a permit, increase the charges for trade waste, do nothing about catching flytippers and then charge the innocent landowner. City Hall is a lazy, thoughtless, disgrace.
Typical Council. Restrict the opening hours of the dumps, make everybody apply for a permit, increase the charges for trade waste, do nothing about catching flytippers and then charge the innocent landowner. City Hall is a lazy, thoughtless, disgrace. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 7

12:38pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Yorkshire Lass says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Typical Council. Restrict the opening hours of the dumps, make everybody apply for a permit, increase the charges for trade waste, do nothing about catching flytippers and then charge the innocent landowner. City Hall is a lazy, thoughtless, disgrace.
These comments are true, another error by the Council who never admit to making any mistakes. The Citizens of Bradford warned that this would happen when the new rules came into force but no one ever listens. The only excuse the council have, which is used on a daily basis, is the cutbacks imposed by the Government. They never say anything about the 99+ million pounds that they have accrued sitting in the banks, although some of the money is earmarked to be spent but who knows on what and when. Perhaps cleaning up the City would be a good start.
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Typical Council. Restrict the opening hours of the dumps, make everybody apply for a permit, increase the charges for trade waste, do nothing about catching flytippers and then charge the innocent landowner. City Hall is a lazy, thoughtless, disgrace.[/p][/quote]These comments are true, another error by the Council who never admit to making any mistakes. The Citizens of Bradford warned that this would happen when the new rules came into force but no one ever listens. The only excuse the council have, which is used on a daily basis, is the cutbacks imposed by the Government. They never say anything about the 99+ million pounds that they have accrued sitting in the banks, although some of the money is earmarked to be spent but who knows on what and when. Perhaps cleaning up the City would be a good start. Yorkshire Lass
  • Score: 5

1:51am Fri 28 Feb 14

say_it_as_it_is says...

Albion. wrote:
Travelling out of the city (yes I HAD to go in) yesterday I noticed every garden on Manningham Lane as we approached the Carlisle Road junction, was festooned in rubbish, some even had it on the doorsteps! It's obvious that the occupants don't care. I wonder if they will be facing fines of £2,500?
You should be keeping your eyes on the road ahead when driving, not staring into people's gardens you sad individual. I wonder where else you like staring ....watch out people there may be a peeping Tom about :-)

On the litter /rubbish front, people need to learn how to use a bin. On the spot fines etc should be used to deter these idiots.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Travelling out of the city (yes I HAD to go in) yesterday I noticed every garden on Manningham Lane as we approached the Carlisle Road junction, was festooned in rubbish, some even had it on the doorsteps! It's obvious that the occupants don't care. I wonder if they will be facing fines of £2,500?[/p][/quote]You should be keeping your eyes on the road ahead when driving, not staring into people's gardens you sad individual. I wonder where else you like staring ....watch out people there may be a peeping Tom about :-) On the litter /rubbish front, people need to learn how to use a bin. On the spot fines etc should be used to deter these idiots. say_it_as_it_is
  • Score: 0

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