A FRUSTRATED dad is refusing to pay his council tax in protest at a council’s failure to clear up flytipped rubbish and stop antisocial behaviour in his neighbourhood.
Scott Frisby, 31, and his family have been through six months of “hell” because of problems around their terraced home in Westcliff Park Drive, Westcliff.
Despite countless calls to ,Southend.gov.uk" target="_blank">Southend Council he says nothing has been done. The council has now pledged to talk to Mr Frisby to tackle the problems he has highlighted.
Mr Frisby said: “The council is failing to deliver a service to us so, from this month, I’ll be deducting 25 per cent from my monthly council tax payment. I don’t mind continuing payment towards the police and fire, but I feel it is justified by the lack of action by the council in which time my family have had to endure fly-tipping, verbal abuse, damage to property and stress. It’s made our life hell. I don’t really want to do this, but it’s a last resort.”
Mr Frisby says the matter has got so bad during the summer holidays his children, aged seven and eight would not play out in the back garden because they were scared.
Mr Frisby says he has already paid to clear the flytipped rubbish once, but is not prepared to do it again.
He said; “There’s a mattress, paint pots and rubbish dumped in my side alley and along the back of my garden. It could be flammable, especially as people throw their cigarette ends there.
“There’s also damage to my fence and my shed and we have been shouted at, threatened and our dog has been prodded with sticks.
“The council policy states: ‘Our aims are focused on developing a better quality of life for our communities and ensuring that Southend is a place to be proud of. “From my own experience, I know the council has failed to meet this, and I feel let down. If Southend Council wishes to pay uncaring landlords rent for disruptive families, which causes distress to others, then I want no part in funding such activities.”
Sally Holland, Southend Council’s director of support services, said: “It is always our aim to deliver the best possible service to our customers and we are very sorry to hear that one of our customers is dissatisfied with the service he has received.
“I will be contacting Mr Frisby to discuss how we might resolve these issues as swiftly as possible.”