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Tower Hamlets Council denies fly-tipping is at a high level

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 August 2018

Fly-tipping underneath arches in Tower Hamlets. Pic: Submitted

Fly-tipping underneath arches in Tower Hamlets. Pic: Submitted

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Abandoned bulky waste is a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

Flytipping in Stepney. Pic: LBTHFlytipping in Stepney. Pic: LBTH

Mattresses left next to bins in Withy House, Stepney Green, attract drug users sleeping rough, a resident whose mum lives in the Globe Road block claimed.

“It’s not nice to see that. It’s shocking,” the man, who asked not to be named, said.

But a second resident, who asked not to be named, claimed house clearance firms regularly dump illegal waste around the arches in Buckhurst Street, Coventry Road and Collingwood Street, Bethnal Green.

“The council is slow to collect the rubbish left outside by residents so it looks like you can fly tip there when there is so much rubbish hanging around that is legitimately left,” he said.

He claimed that a fridge was left waiting for collection for eight days even though it had been reported and three people complained about it.

“We should not have to do the council’s work for them, If this is a regular fly-tipping spot they should patrol it, but they don’t. And if a resident leaves an item out, garden waste or similar, they’ll get the fine as an easy target,” he said.

But a Tower Hamlets Council spokesman disagreed. He said: “Fortunately [this] is not a borough that is characterised by high levels of widespread fly-tipping, although it is never acceptable.

“We also understand that litter is a major concern for residents.”

Last year there were 274 reported fly-tipping incidents in the borough costing council tax payers £27,203.

There were a further 6,599 requests to remove rubbish including green waste, white goods and household rubbish left on the streets, according to council figures.

The council spokesman said known fly-tipping hotspots were patrolled and cleared.

“It is helpful when residents notify us of fly tipped waste but we also act proactively to identify and remove tipped waste. Our aim is to remove reported waste as quickly as possible and within 24 hours of a report,” he said.

In the capital fly-tipping rose by 14 per cent between 2015 and 2016 to more than 366,000 reported incidents. Boroughs spend £18million a year dealing with the problem.

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