Bradford scheme under attack as Leeds councillors highlight illegal waste dumping

Fly-tipped waste

Councillor Andrew Thornton

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Councillors in a neighbouring authority are blaming Bradford Council for an increase in fly-tipping following the introduction of permits at all household tips in the district last year.

But the Bradford councillor in charge of the environment has insisted the permit scheme is working and that Leeds residents’ waste is not Bradford’s responsibility.

The controversial scheme has already been blamed for an increase in waste being dumped illegally in Bradford, but now Pudsey councillors are pointing the finger too.

Bradford Council began issuing residents’ permits at tips a year ago in a bid to stop people from neighbouring districts using them and by doing so hoped to save tens of thousands of pounds a year.

Critics argued that the permits would simply drive up the amount of fly-tipping, but while figures for Bradford revealed earlier this year that the number of complaints and clean-ups were both up, the actual volume of rubbish being fly-tipped was down.

Now Pudsey councillors are demanding action to stop the blight in their ward – with Bradford’s residents permit scheme under fire.

Councillor Josie Jarosz (Lab, Pudsey) said the problem had become a serious issue in areas such as Tyersal in recent weeks.

Residents on the Leeds side of the local authority border would ordinarily use a tip in Bradford, as it would be closer than the nearest in Pudsey, she said.

“The increase in fly-tipping seems to have coincided with the introduction of permits in Bradford, and we’ve had a number of complaints from residents.

Councillor Richard Lewis (Lab, Pudsey) added that there needed to be a discussion about the way forward.

The problem has arisen in areas that would traditionally use Bowling Back Lane tip in Bradford, he said.

However, Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford’s executive member for the environment, said that Bradford council taxpayers should not be picking up the bill for Leeds residents’ household waste.

“The permit scheme has achieved what was intended in that it has reduced the number of people from outside of the district using Bradford’s household waste sites, therefore it’s also producing a saving for Bradford council taxpayers.”

He added that figures showed the largest reduction in the volume of waste at the authority’s tips was at those in Keighley, Queensbury and Low Moor, as people from Craven, Calderdale and Kirklees no longer had access to the sites.

Almost 70,000 of the permits have been issued since their introduction.

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6:50am Tue 15 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

Having had to use the tip at Bowling back lane several times recently I've found the staff extremely helpful. We weren't able to fit the bulk items in our car all at once so had to make several drops. The staff were polite and all praise to them.
As for Pudsey councillors Tyersal has always had a problem with fly tipping and has been treated like a poor relation. They are quick to want the rates paid as for services Tyersal is last on the list.
Having had to use the tip at Bowling back lane several times recently I've found the staff extremely helpful. We weren't able to fit the bulk items in our car all at once so had to make several drops. The staff were polite and all praise to them. As for Pudsey councillors Tyersal has always had a problem with fly tipping and has been treated like a poor relation. They are quick to want the rates paid as for services Tyersal is last on the list. Ratters Rat
  • Score: 8

7:18am Tue 15 Apr 14

northern pig says...

The bulk of the fly tipping that blights Bradford is the work of 'cowboys' who do gardening, building work and house clearances etc. I would say that much of it is deposited by repeat offenders,who dump in the same place on a regular basis.If and when caught should be heavily fined and have their vehicles seized.Those who dump toxic waste asbestos etc, should be imprisoned .
The bulk of the fly tipping that blights Bradford is the work of 'cowboys' who do gardening, building work and house clearances etc. I would say that much of it is deposited by repeat offenders,who dump in the same place on a regular basis.If and when caught should be heavily fined and have their vehicles seized.Those who dump toxic waste asbestos etc, should be imprisoned . northern pig
  • Score: 18

7:53am Tue 15 Apr 14

Size3_ says...

Of course it is going to increase fly-tipping. Putting restrictions on waste management is not going to make those who already fly tip more likely to comply is it? Furthermore, those who teeter on the cusp of legality are more likely to err of the side of illegality when presented with restrictions.
Of course it is going to increase fly-tipping. Putting restrictions on waste management is not going to make those who already fly tip more likely to comply is it? Furthermore, those who teeter on the cusp of legality are more likely to err of the side of illegality when presented with restrictions. Size3_
  • Score: 13

8:15am Tue 15 Apr 14

angry bradfordian says...

"However, Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford’s executive member for the environment, said that Bradford council taxpayers should not be picking up the bill for Leeds residents’ household waste."

Is it not the case that conversely Leeds residents are still picking up the bill for Bradford council taxpayer's waste? Certainly when the scheme started Leeds Council said they welcomed anybody's waste as long as it was being recycled.
If this arrangement has stopped you couldn't blame them after Bradford Council's petty behaviour.
"However, Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford’s executive member for the environment, said that Bradford council taxpayers should not be picking up the bill for Leeds residents’ household waste." Is it not the case that conversely Leeds residents are still picking up the bill for Bradford council taxpayer's waste? Certainly when the scheme started Leeds Council said they welcomed anybody's waste as long as it was being recycled. If this arrangement has stopped you couldn't blame them after Bradford Council's petty behaviour. angry bradfordian
  • Score: 9

8:33am Tue 15 Apr 14

Jos7764 says...

Its not just Tyersal. There are several incidences in Shelf the bottom of Bridge Lane and the top of Giles Hill Lane. The rubbish dumped in Bridge Lane even has things with addresses in it and they are Bradford addresses but left to be cleaned up by Calderdale.
Its not just Tyersal. There are several incidences in Shelf the bottom of Bridge Lane and the top of Giles Hill Lane. The rubbish dumped in Bridge Lane even has things with addresses in it and they are Bradford addresses but left to be cleaned up by Calderdale. Jos7764
  • Score: 6

9:08am Tue 15 Apr 14

sorrow&anger says...

Has it not occurred to Cllr. Thornton that the reduction in waste being taken to Bradford's tips is because people are fly tipping it?

Cllr Thornton's scheme was doomed from the start because he hadn't thought it through. Apart from making Bradford a general dumping ground it is now souring relations with our neighbours.

Next on this genius' agenda is the scrapping of the green bags, replacing them with the wholly inadequate brown bins. More fly tipping anybody?
Has it not occurred to Cllr. Thornton that the reduction in waste being taken to Bradford's tips is because people are fly tipping it? Cllr Thornton's scheme was doomed from the start because he hadn't thought it through. Apart from making Bradford a general dumping ground it is now souring relations with our neighbours. Next on this genius' agenda is the scrapping of the green bags, replacing them with the wholly inadequate brown bins. More fly tipping anybody? sorrow&anger
  • Score: 14

10:42am Tue 15 Apr 14

linebacker2 says...

It seems the only people who don't know this permitting scheme isn't working are Bradford councillors.
It seems the only people who don't know this permitting scheme isn't working are Bradford councillors. linebacker2
  • Score: 12

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