We’ll fight to keep local tips

We’ll fight to keep local tips

We’ll fight to keep local tips

First published in News

RECYCLING residents want local tips to stay open and fear amass increase in flytipping if a new supertip is built in Pitsea.

South Essex boasts some of the best recycling authorities in the country, with Rochford District Council consistently at the top of the national charts, but people fear that success could be scuppered if people are faced with a 20-mile round trip to a tip.

The Echo visited Rayleigh tip, on Castle Road, to gauge the reaction of residents disposing of their waste.

Lee Price, 48, of Whitehart Lane, Hockley, fears people won’t travel the extra distance to get rid of their rubbish.

He said: “We’re only in Hockley so it’s common sense for us to come here.

“Especially when we are trying to recycle more and be more environmental, it seems ironic we are travelling all the way to Pitsea to do it, a bit of a waste of time.

“There’s a good chance people will start flytipping more.”

Rayleigh resident Michael Hart, 42, who was unloading carpets from a van, said he would not want to drive to Pitsea.

He said: “I know people in the building game and, out of all the tips I know, this is the busiest one.

“It’s always busy so why change something that’s not broken?

“It would be a problem for me, getting all the way to Pitsea, I’m not driving all the way up there and I imagine a lot of people would start flytipping because of that.”

Bruce Taylor, 39, from Rochford, said closure of Rayleigh tip would be costly for him, as Rochford to Pitsea is a 24- mile round trip and, on April 1, the county council terminated its arrangement with the borough council allowing Rochford residents to use Southend tip.

He said: “Pitsea would be too far for me and I’ve got to pay to go to Southend.

“I think people would dump their rubbish elsewhere – the council will end up paying more money to clear it away.

“What they save on the roundabout, they’ll lose on the swings.”

Dave Blackwell, the leader of Canvey Independent Party as well as a town, borough and county councillor for the island, said his fellow councillors would oppose the closure of its tip.

He said: “I’ve been told that the tip is not going to close, but I wouldn’t be the first politician to say something like that and then, the next minute, it’s closed.

“My opinion was, if we’ve got something which we want to keep on Canvey which is an absolutely superb facility, why include it in a consultation and give people the idea it’s going to close?

“All the local councillors have been campaigning 100 per cent to stop it.”

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10:12am Wed 7 May 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Rayleigh tip is in the wrong place, in the height of summer the traffic piles back making non tip users turn round and go another way ...
Rayleigh tip is in the wrong place, in the height of summer the traffic piles back making non tip users turn round and go another way ... InTheKnowOk
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11:01am Wed 7 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

No way would I want my car full of rubbish and have to drive it to Pitsea.

But yes, the site in Castle Road does cause traffic back up especially at weekends.

Why a supertip? For the sake of public health, tips should be in easily accessible brownfield sites.

Rochford charges £10 for each piece of large rubbish to be removed and £5 for successive items. And people in Basildon get upset because they get charged a tenner for an unlimited number.

I really can't see the problem. Why not just have a one off charge for large items to be removed. Wouldn't that negate the need for people to remove it themselves - and prevent fly tipping.

Councils waste money on ridiculous minority projects that could easily be diverted to a proper refuse removal scheme.

I personally wouldn't mind paying a tenner for a number of large items. Fortunately a friend with a truck helped me out when I had to get rid of two old mattresses, a bed and some other stuff.

Not everyone has a friend with a truck.
No way would I want my car full of rubbish and have to drive it to Pitsea. But yes, the site in Castle Road does cause traffic back up especially at weekends. Why a supertip? For the sake of public health, tips should be in easily accessible brownfield sites. Rochford charges £10 for each piece of large rubbish to be removed and £5 for successive items. And people in Basildon get upset because they get charged a tenner for an unlimited number. I really can't see the problem. Why not just have a one off charge for large items to be removed. Wouldn't that negate the need for people to remove it themselves - and prevent fly tipping. Councils waste money on ridiculous minority projects that could easily be diverted to a proper refuse removal scheme. I personally wouldn't mind paying a tenner for a number of large items. Fortunately a friend with a truck helped me out when I had to get rid of two old mattresses, a bed and some other stuff. Not everyone has a friend with a truck. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

11:05am Wed 7 May 14

andyh says...

That's true about Castle Road … wonder if a better site could be found in one of the industrial eastates (perhaps Brook Road)
That's true about Castle Road … wonder if a better site could be found in one of the industrial eastates (perhaps Brook Road) andyh
  • Score: 4

12:18pm Wed 7 May 14

SARFENDMAN says...

If this daft idea goes through watch the incidents of fly tipping rocket.
If this daft idea goes through watch the incidents of fly tipping rocket. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Wed 7 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Drive to Pitsea? no thanks, a carrier bag a day, in any one of a thousand litter bins, will do me...
Drive to Pitsea? no thanks, a carrier bag a day, in any one of a thousand litter bins, will do me... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Wed 7 May 14

the25man says...

On the one hand we are asked to recycle but then they take away the easies way to recycle so why bother. As long as you leave nothing in the rubbish you dump that can show where it came from or get seen dumping then it will happen
On the one hand we are asked to recycle but then they take away the easies way to recycle so why bother. As long as you leave nothing in the rubbish you dump that can show where it came from or get seen dumping then it will happen the25man
  • Score: -1

6:46pm Wed 7 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

I love living in Leigh on sea less than 1/4 mile to Two Tree site
I love living in Leigh on sea less than 1/4 mile to Two Tree site Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -3

7:56am Thu 8 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

SARFENDMAN wrote:
If this daft idea goes through watch the incidents of fly tipping rocket.
Especially in those blackout areas....
[quote][p][bold]SARFENDMAN[/bold] wrote: If this daft idea goes through watch the incidents of fly tipping rocket.[/p][/quote]Especially in those blackout areas.... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -2

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