Dumped rubbish is Felmores fire hazard

Danger zone – Billie MacManus with two of her children, Niall Murphy, left, and Finnley Murphy

Danger zone – Billie MacManus with two of her children, Niall Murphy, left, and Finnley Murphy

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RUBBISH dumped in alleyways could put lives at risk if another blaze breaks out on a fire-hit estate, according to residents.

People living in Bockingham Green, Basildon, have repeatedly found rubbish and garden waste piled up in an alleyway used as a fire escape.

On one occasion, a trampoline was dumped there They said it was causing a serious fire hazard, made even more worrying with firefighters set to go on strike for eight days in a row later this month.

Billie MacManus, 38, said: “Between the back alley of Bockingham Green and the new build, people are dumping rubbish there and dog poo bags.

“I cleared my garden and had to get it out of my garden, but can’t because of all the rubbish in the way.

“We’ve got this rubbish blocking routes that could be used as fire escapes.”

A fire in Bockingham Green last July left six homes uninhabitable.

Miss MacManus said: “The Felmores estate is already such a fire risk even with the new cladding.

“Firefighters going on strike means everyone has to be extra vigilant.

“It’s always concerning. As soon as anyone on the estate smells a fire everyone is out of their house. People are defensive and worried.”

Felmores homes are currently being re-clad by Basildon Council, to make them safer in the event of fire.

Gavin Callaghan, Labour councillor for Pitsea North West, said: “I worked very hard to push the council into spending £6million on the re-cladding work, which has now thankfully started, but it is not enough on its own.

“We are attempting to change the face and fortune of the Felmores estate, and that requires a holistic approach from the coalition council – from housing, to street cleaning and rubbish collection.

“The council now has to play its part in delivering the whole package, quickly and effectively.

“This includes quickly clearing the rubbish in the alleyway.”

A Basildon Council spokesman said it was sending a team down yesterday to sort out the latest rubbish.

He said: “Basildon Council is aware of the situation at Bockingham Green and dispatched a street scene crew.”

FELMORES has been plagued by fire since a block of flats went up in flames in Bockingham Green in 2009.

Eight flats were gutted after arsonists set light to a fly-tipped sofa.

After another fire in 2010 and one in Winstree months later, the council pledged to make the estate safe.

But a blaze started by a chip pan ripped through six homes last July.

The council is carrying out a £6million re-cladding project after recommendations from the fire service and has faced pressure to replace the wooden-clad homes.

The council carried out a raft of improvements including upgrading front doors to offer more flame resistance and plans to install sprinkler systems in council-owned properties look set to go ahead this year.

A pilot sprinkler system in seven homes is expected to be completed on Friday.

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7:35am Wed 9 Jul 14

BasildonDond says...

Rubbish dumped anywhere has the potential to be a fire risk.
It's the selfish lazy idiots that live in the area that is putting people's lives at risk by dumping.
I also disagree that it's the Councils job to ensure the flytipping is cleared. If certain people had a bit more respect for their environment it wouldn't happen
Rubbish dumped anywhere has the potential to be a fire risk. It's the selfish lazy idiots that live in the area that is putting people's lives at risk by dumping. I also disagree that it's the Councils job to ensure the flytipping is cleared. If certain people had a bit more respect for their environment it wouldn't happen BasildonDond
  • Score: 9

10:32am Wed 9 Jul 14

I-say-you-say says...

BasildonDond wrote:
Rubbish dumped anywhere has the potential to be a fire risk. It's the selfish lazy idiots that live in the area that is putting people's lives at risk by dumping. I also disagree that it's the Councils job to ensure the flytipping is cleared. If certain people had a bit more respect for their environment it wouldn't happen
Here, here! (Although providing it is reported, it is the Council's responsibility to have it removed within a certain timescale.)

Has anyone else noticed though that only one of the 3 recent fires was caused by dumped items? The other two were "internal fires". So why make a big deal out of this when they should be more concerned over the people living there as they are the ones causing the fires!
[quote][p][bold]BasildonDond[/bold] wrote: Rubbish dumped anywhere has the potential to be a fire risk. It's the selfish lazy idiots that live in the area that is putting people's lives at risk by dumping. I also disagree that it's the Councils job to ensure the flytipping is cleared. If certain people had a bit more respect for their environment it wouldn't happen[/p][/quote]Here, here! (Although providing it is reported, it is the Council's responsibility to have it removed within a certain timescale.) Has anyone else noticed though that only one of the 3 recent fires was caused by dumped items? The other two were "internal fires". So why make a big deal out of this when they should be more concerned over the people living there as they are the ones causing the fires! I-say-you-say
  • Score: 2

12:33pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Ian P says...

I-say-you-say wrote:
BasildonDond wrote:
Rubbish dumped anywhere has the potential to be a fire risk. It's the selfish lazy idiots that live in the area that is putting people's lives at risk by dumping. I also disagree that it's the Councils job to ensure the flytipping is cleared. If certain people had a bit more respect for their environment it wouldn't happen
Here, here! (Although providing it is reported, it is the Council's responsibility to have it removed within a certain timescale.)

Has anyone else noticed though that only one of the 3 recent fires was caused by dumped items? The other two were "internal fires". So why make a big deal out of this when they should be more concerned over the people living there as they are the ones causing the fires!
Fires occur in properties for many reasons, it is a fact of life. The real issue here is the fact that the fire spreads so easily to adjacent properties.
[quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BasildonDond[/bold] wrote: Rubbish dumped anywhere has the potential to be a fire risk. It's the selfish lazy idiots that live in the area that is putting people's lives at risk by dumping. I also disagree that it's the Councils job to ensure the flytipping is cleared. If certain people had a bit more respect for their environment it wouldn't happen[/p][/quote]Here, here! (Although providing it is reported, it is the Council's responsibility to have it removed within a certain timescale.) Has anyone else noticed though that only one of the 3 recent fires was caused by dumped items? The other two were "internal fires". So why make a big deal out of this when they should be more concerned over the people living there as they are the ones causing the fires![/p][/quote]Fires occur in properties for many reasons, it is a fact of life. The real issue here is the fact that the fire spreads so easily to adjacent properties. Ian P
  • Score: 0

1:36pm Wed 9 Jul 14

I-say-you-say says...

Ian P wrote:
I-say-you-say wrote:
BasildonDond wrote: Rubbish dumped anywhere has the potential to be a fire risk. It's the selfish lazy idiots that live in the area that is putting people's lives at risk by dumping. I also disagree that it's the Councils job to ensure the flytipping is cleared. If certain people had a bit more respect for their environment it wouldn't happen
Here, here! (Although providing it is reported, it is the Council's responsibility to have it removed within a certain timescale.) Has anyone else noticed though that only one of the 3 recent fires was caused by dumped items? The other two were "internal fires". So why make a big deal out of this when they should be more concerned over the people living there as they are the ones causing the fires!
Fires occur in properties for many reasons, it is a fact of life. The real issue here is the fact that the fire spreads so easily to adjacent properties.
The real issue here is the fact that the fire USED TO spread so easily to the adjacent properties.

What exactly do they expect to accomplish from this pointless story?

This has been dealt with by the council by putting additional preventative measures in. Their home is probably more fire safe than mine is now but you don't see me panicking over nothing - which is exactly what they're doing and with nothing to come out of it at the end.

The council cannot control everything that goes on or what people do in their homes and providing they are clearing the rubbish when it's been reported or seen by council workers there is no point carrying on moaning!
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BasildonDond[/bold] wrote: Rubbish dumped anywhere has the potential to be a fire risk. It's the selfish lazy idiots that live in the area that is putting people's lives at risk by dumping. I also disagree that it's the Councils job to ensure the flytipping is cleared. If certain people had a bit more respect for their environment it wouldn't happen[/p][/quote]Here, here! (Although providing it is reported, it is the Council's responsibility to have it removed within a certain timescale.) Has anyone else noticed though that only one of the 3 recent fires was caused by dumped items? The other two were "internal fires". So why make a big deal out of this when they should be more concerned over the people living there as they are the ones causing the fires![/p][/quote]Fires occur in properties for many reasons, it is a fact of life. The real issue here is the fact that the fire spreads so easily to adjacent properties.[/p][/quote]The real issue here is the fact that the fire USED TO spread so easily to the adjacent properties. What exactly do they expect to accomplish from this pointless story? This has been dealt with by the council by putting additional preventative measures in. Their home is probably more fire safe than mine is now but you don't see me panicking over nothing - which is exactly what they're doing and with nothing to come out of it at the end. The council cannot control everything that goes on or what people do in their homes and providing they are clearing the rubbish when it's been reported or seen by council workers there is no point carrying on moaning! I-say-you-say
  • Score: 1

1:59pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Why don't these people ake a leaf out of the book of the local family who were recently featured on this very website for clearing an alleyway behind their garden of loads of rubbish instead of posing in front of a few sacks etc with the obligatory glum looks on their faces.

We all know that this sort of thing is a problem but by sitting back and whinging instead of taking some positive action (which if enough people pitch in to help can clear this up in half an hour) you aren't really going to get any quick results.


Take some pride and get organised and get it sorted.
Why don't these people ake a leaf out of the book of the local family who were recently featured on this very website for clearing an alleyway behind their garden of loads of rubbish instead of posing in front of a few sacks etc with the obligatory glum looks on their faces. We all know that this sort of thing is a problem but by sitting back and whinging instead of taking some positive action (which if enough people pitch in to help can clear this up in half an hour) you aren't really going to get any quick results. Take some pride and get organised and get it sorted. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

2:42pm Wed 9 Jul 14

BasildonDond says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Why don't these people ake a leaf out of the book of the local family who were recently featured on this very website for clearing an alleyway behind their garden of loads of rubbish instead of posing in front of a few sacks etc with the obligatory glum looks on their faces.

We all know that this sort of thing is a problem but by sitting back and whinging instead of taking some positive action (which if enough people pitch in to help can clear this up in half an hour) you aren't really going to get any quick results.


Take some pride and get organised and get it sorted.
Quite simple really. Different type of people with different values and upbringing unfortunately
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Why don't these people ake a leaf out of the book of the local family who were recently featured on this very website for clearing an alleyway behind their garden of loads of rubbish instead of posing in front of a few sacks etc with the obligatory glum looks on their faces. We all know that this sort of thing is a problem but by sitting back and whinging instead of taking some positive action (which if enough people pitch in to help can clear this up in half an hour) you aren't really going to get any quick results. Take some pride and get organised and get it sorted.[/p][/quote]Quite simple really. Different type of people with different values and upbringing unfortunately BasildonDond
  • Score: 5

7:16pm Wed 9 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Bricks and chimney pots, Highly Flammable
Bricks and chimney pots, Highly Flammable VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 1

10:47pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Bas Vegas says...

Good to see the boy dressed in clothes for the picture. Theres nothing quite like a pair of trakkies with a big hole in the knee
Good to see the boy dressed in clothes for the picture. Theres nothing quite like a pair of trakkies with a big hole in the knee Bas Vegas
  • Score: 1

10:49pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Bas Vegas says...

Good to see the boy dressed in his best clothes for the picture. Theres nothing quite like a pair of trakkies with a big hole in the knee
Good to see the boy dressed in his best clothes for the picture. Theres nothing quite like a pair of trakkies with a big hole in the knee Bas Vegas
  • Score: 0

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