Fly-tipping fears over plans to close household waste sites

Fly-tipped rubbish in Bradford

Fly-tipped rubbish in Bradford

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Closing two household waste tips will lead to an “inevitable” rise in fly-tipping, Bradford Council chiefs have been warned.

A replacement site for a tip in Bowling Back Lane, Bradford, and one at Sugden End, Keighley, have been earmarked for the axe as part of a budget cuts package by the Labour-run authority.

But Bradford East MP David Ward said if the Bowling Back Lane site shuts it would leave a significant number of people in the city without easy access to a tip and he has got the backing of ward councillors.

The Council wants to build a giant waste processing plant on the existing household waste tip and originally intended moving the public tip to nearby Parry Lane.

Mr Ward (Lib Dem) said the Council chiefs changed their minds because of budget pressures and have proposed saving money by not replacing it at all.

Instead, the public would be expected to travel with their waste to other sites in Midland Road in Manningham and Dealburn Road in Low Moor.

Mr Ward said: “Both myself and the residents were led to believe that the Bowling Back Lane Tip would be replaced when the new treatment facility was built.

“I am concerned that this matter has been attached to the Council Budget consultation rather than being consulted on as a separate issue. Many residents are unaware of these changes and will not have taken the opportunity to voice their reservations.”

“These changes would mean a significant portion of Bradford would be without easy access to a household waste recycling centre and also increases the likelihood of fly tipping both in the area and across the city.

“I have submitted my concerns as part of the consultation and would strongly urge residents and those who use the tip to do so as well.”

The report for 2013/14 budget says most homes will remain within a 15 minute drive time of a waste site and virtually all within 20 minutes drive time. It also says: “Midland Road and Dealburn Road HWRC sites are relatively close to the communities served by the Bowling Back Lane site and have been refurbished in recent years.”

But Councillor Hassan Khan (Lab, Bowling and Barkerend) said: “Even if they just reduced the hours at Bowling Back Lane it would be better than shutting it all together. Flytipping will be inevitable otherwise.”

Another Bowling and Barkerend councillor Zameer Shah (Con) said the proposals had not been thought through very well. “People in my area were not happy at the lack of consultation. It will not be adequate to shut Bowling Back Lane. They have not considered the impact it will have on our area and the people living here. Flytipping probably will become a big problem.”

Coun Shah said he is a member of the Environment and Waste Committee and he has already raised his concerns.

The Council is also considering shutting its Sugden End site at Cross Roads, Keighley, saying other sites in Keighley and Queensbury were within “reasonable range” of the communities who use it.

“Under our proposal the Keighley Stockbridge site would receive investment to ensure that all our retained HWRC sites are up to modern standards,” it said.

But concern about the likely increase in fly-tipping if that site closed has also been raised by Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council.

Parish Council chairman, Councillor John Huxley, said: “I believe people from the Worth Valley having to take their rubbish into Keighley would be a huge backward step – and would not be economically sustainable. Maybe we need to look at an asset transfer because Sugden End is a very good facility and well used.”

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8:11am Mon 4 Feb 13

Apollo says...

'Fly-tipping fears over plans to close household waste sites'.

No sh1t Sherlock! It's obvious. People will only use sites that are open at convenient times and within reasonable distance.

Close sites and fly tipping with increase leaving the Council with more expense to clear it up. It's not a cost saving exercise. It will actually cost more.
'Fly-tipping fears over plans to close household waste sites'. No sh1t Sherlock! It's obvious. People will only use sites that are open at convenient times and within reasonable distance. Close sites and fly tipping with increase leaving the Council with more expense to clear it up. It's not a cost saving exercise. It will actually cost more. Apollo
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8:59am Mon 4 Feb 13

Joedavid says...

Stopped using Bowling Back Lane Site when the Midland Road one opened. Find Midland road much easier to use and better management, very friendly and helpful.
Please do not think Midland road could cope with all the people who use Bowling it can't.
Keep Bowling open or provide a new one, please.
Stopped using Bowling Back Lane Site when the Midland Road one opened. Find Midland road much easier to use and better management, very friendly and helpful. Please do not think Midland road could cope with all the people who use Bowling it can't. Keep Bowling open or provide a new one, please. Joedavid
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9:03am Mon 4 Feb 13

wobbley-bob says...

If they close Bowling Back Lane site, just dump your rubbish in the streets between Leeds Rd & Barkerend Rd....... No one would notice as it already looks like a tip.
If they close Bowling Back Lane site, just dump your rubbish in the streets between Leeds Rd & Barkerend Rd....... No one would notice as it already looks like a tip. wobbley-bob
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10:21am Mon 4 Feb 13

Mo Bradford says...

It seems like our city is taking the most of the budget cuts impact. It really makes you wonder how other cities are doing so well, and we are not.
Investment not cuts.
The only places you see opening are Pound shops in Bradford, and everything else is either closed or supposedly burnt down, again impacting the insurance burden on the rest of us.
It seems like our city is taking the most of the budget cuts impact. It really makes you wonder how other cities are doing so well, and we are not. Investment not cuts. The only places you see opening are Pound shops in Bradford, and everything else is either closed or supposedly burnt down, again impacting the insurance burden on the rest of us. Mo Bradford
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10:51am Mon 4 Feb 13

Outraged English Subject says...

wobbley-bob wrote:
If they close Bowling Back Lane site, just dump your rubbish in the streets between Leeds Rd & Barkerend Rd....... No one would notice as it already looks like a tip.
Innit.
[quote][p][bold]wobbley-bob[/bold] wrote: If they close Bowling Back Lane site, just dump your rubbish in the streets between Leeds Rd & Barkerend Rd....... No one would notice as it already looks like a tip.[/p][/quote]Innit. Outraged English Subject
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11:15am Mon 4 Feb 13

Albion. says...

It might help if the existing tips were available for longer hours and the people who worked there were easier to deal with. Getting rid of things these days can be quite difficult.
It might help if the existing tips were available for longer hours and the people who worked there were easier to deal with. Getting rid of things these days can be quite difficult. Albion.
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1:12pm Mon 4 Feb 13

WorthDoingRight says...

So, all the lies that Bradford Council told the local residents have come to nothing. When the Household Waste Tip was being planned for Parry Lanre none of the councillors to any of the residents meetings. Our local MP wasn't interested either & never answered any emails etc. All the council have done is waste money yet again clearing the site for nothing.
So, all the lies that Bradford Council told the local residents have come to nothing. When the Household Waste Tip was being planned for Parry Lanre none of the councillors to any of the residents meetings. Our local MP wasn't interested either & never answered any emails etc. All the council have done is waste money yet again clearing the site for nothing. WorthDoingRight
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7:00pm Mon 4 Feb 13

WayneRouke says...

Fly tipping will increase.But what is worse is that it will go uncollected.

Has anyone tried reporting an incident to the council. I did, and three hours later I had got nowhere, as I was passed from pillar to post by buck passers not prepared to take ownership of the issue first time around.

On the second round, and upon them checking it turned out that the person I originally called was the person responsible. But they go through a process of not beleiving until proven.
Fly tipping will increase.But what is worse is that it will go uncollected. Has anyone tried reporting an incident to the council. I did, and three hours later I had got nowhere, as I was passed from pillar to post by buck passers not prepared to take ownership of the issue first time around. On the second round, and upon them checking it turned out that the person I originally called was the person responsible. But they go through a process of not beleiving until proven. WayneRouke
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