Basildon Council will prosecute anyone leaving rubbish at fire-hit estate

Reassurance – from Phil Turner

Reassurance – from Phil Turner

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FLYTIPPERS will be prosecuted for dumping rubbish on a fire-hit estate, a council leader has vowed.

Residents in Bockingham Green, on the Felmores estate in Basildon, have repeatedly found piles of rubbish blocking an alleyway that could be used as a fire escape.

With firefighters set to strike for eight days in a row later this month, Phil Turner, leader of Basildon Council, says he will stamp out flytipping on the estate.

Mr Turner said: “I am disappointed we have instances of rubbish again on Felmores. The estates team have done a fantastic job to prevent this, but where residents encounter such problems, please call the council offices immediately and we will remove this on the same day.”

He added: “There’s no complacency over this, because if we find anybody dumping or flytipping, we will prosecute. They will not just pay a fine, they will pay court costs as well. I make no apologies for the fact they will get a criminal record.

“I’m so angry people would do this after everything that’s gone on at Felmores. There is no holding back on this. We need to make these homes a community they can be proud of.”

Six homes were left uninhabitable after a fire ripped through the cul-de-sac last July.

Homes on the estate are being reclad in a £6million council project to make them safer in the event of fire.

The estate has been plagued by fire since 2009. Eight flats were destroyed in Bockingham Green when arsonists set fire to a flytipped sofa.

The council carried out improvements, including upgrading front doors, to offer more flame resistance.

A pilot sprinkler scheme in seven homes is due to be completed on Friday.

Mr Turner said he was proud his administration had ploughed £6million into the recladding programme.

He said: “A Conservative administration is pouring millions of pounds in to Felmores to improve the lives of our residents, to give them a home and a community they can be justifiably proud of.

“I have committed the council to do what is required to make this happen. It would be nice if politicians stop politicking and get on with working with us.”

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11:11am Fri 11 Jul 14

Nebs says...

A much simpler strategy for the council would be to prosecute people who flytip anywhere.
A much simpler strategy for the council would be to prosecute people who flytip anywhere. Nebs
  • Score: 7

11:18am Fri 11 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Ten bob says there isn't a single prosecution regardless of Builder Phil's chest beating.
Ten bob says there isn't a single prosecution regardless of Builder Phil's chest beating. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

11:19am Fri 11 Jul 14

Chris Flunk says...

Strange, I thought that the council should be prosecuting flytippers regardless of where they leave their mess. What sort of message does this send out? You can dump rubbish where ever you see fit and we'll turn a blind eye, except on the Felmores estate.
Strange, I thought that the council should be prosecuting flytippers regardless of where they leave their mess. What sort of message does this send out? You can dump rubbish where ever you see fit and we'll turn a blind eye, except on the Felmores estate. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 5

11:26am Fri 11 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Nebs wrote:
A much simpler strategy for the council would be to prosecute people who flytip anywhere.
Ha, no chance, look at the flytipping down Hamlet Court Road near to the wimpy (story a few weeks back), 1 call from the local hero councillor and it got cleared, no investigation into who dumped it and no fines given, ok it was under SBC but should be the same for BDC.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: A much simpler strategy for the council would be to prosecute people who flytip anywhere.[/p][/quote]Ha, no chance, look at the flytipping down Hamlet Court Road near to the wimpy (story a few weeks back), 1 call from the local hero councillor and it got cleared, no investigation into who dumped it and no fines given, ok it was under SBC but should be the same for BDC. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 3

12:34pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

I think we're going off track here by implying that Basildon will prosecute only Felmores residents. Anyone anywhere can be prosecuted for flytipping but I think in this case, Felmores is being singled out for its reputation when it comes to fires and arson.

This does not in any way imply all Felmores residents fly tip or cause fires; it seems to me that the message is being sent to those who like living in a pigsty.

And you get them anywhere.
I think we're going off track here by implying that Basildon will prosecute only Felmores residents. Anyone anywhere can be prosecuted for flytipping but I think in this case, Felmores is being singled out for its reputation when it comes to fires and arson. This does not in any way imply all Felmores residents fly tip or cause fires; it seems to me that the message is being sent to those who like living in a pigsty. And you get them anywhere. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

12:36pm Fri 11 Jul 14

emcee says...

To catch flytippers you have to be proactive, not just reactive. Also, as has already been mentioned, flytippers EVERYWHERE should be prosecuted, not just prosecuted if they tip at a certain site.
To catch flytippers you have to be proactive, not just reactive. Also, as has already been mentioned, flytippers EVERYWHERE should be prosecuted, not just prosecuted if they tip at a certain site. emcee
  • Score: 4

11:23pm Fri 11 Jul 14

debbie81 says...

funny he says they will come out on the same day yet last week it took a lady to come to the echo before the council would come and clean up the mess left in bockingham green mess which was left by the builders
funny he says they will come out on the same day yet last week it took a lady to come to the echo before the council would come and clean up the mess left in bockingham green mess which was left by the builders debbie81
  • Score: 1

7:56am Sat 12 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

If you do fly tip, make sure it has the address of an enemy within the bag, opens up a right can of worms for them..
If you do fly tip, make sure it has the address of an enemy within the bag, opens up a right can of worms for them.. sesibollox
  • Score: 1

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