Community's alleyway clear-up is a big success

Echo: Team effort – councillor Paul Collins, David Webb and their volunteers at work in the alleyway Team effort – councillor Paul Collins, David Webb and their volunteers at work in the alleyway

RESIDENTS worked together to clear up an alleyway which had become a dumping ground for rubbish.

Paul Collins, Lib Dem councillor for Westborough, and resident David Webb organised Saturday’s community alleyway clearance at the top of Northview Drive, Westcliff.

A team of ten volunteers worked for several hours, clearing heaps of rubbish, including several old mattresses and two sofas from the alleyway, by the Seventh Day Adventist Church,.

Mr Collins said: “For the past two months this has become a real eyesore, but because it’s on private land, there is little the council can do. The alleyway is quite wide, because it services several shops, so it’s just been accumulating old furniture and rubbish, which has been really unpleasant.

“I decided to get everyone together.

It was really successful and we managed to take it all to the pavement and get it cleared, which is great.”

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6:06am Tue 25 Feb 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Nice work, well done for getting it done, something our council seems to have forgotten how to do.
Nice work, well done for getting it done, something our council seems to have forgotten how to do. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 10

7:22am Tue 25 Feb 14

westcliffhomeowner says...

I've just spent £500 clearing the alleyway running behind my house in Inverness Avenue. £180 for a skip, £250 to get the tree cut back which grew so large it was blocking out light to mine and neighbouring houses and £80 on new fence panels as the rubbish in the alleyway had broken the panels. Nice to see people clearing some of them up but how soon will it be used for dumping again? I know my neighbours and I have tried to report 'fly tipping' in the alleyways but no one cares (council, environment agencies etc...). We need the council to readopt the alleyways and prosecute those that flytip.
I've just spent £500 clearing the alleyway running behind my house in Inverness Avenue. £180 for a skip, £250 to get the tree cut back which grew so large it was blocking out light to mine and neighbouring houses and £80 on new fence panels as the rubbish in the alleyway had broken the panels. Nice to see people clearing some of them up but how soon will it be used for dumping again? I know my neighbours and I have tried to report 'fly tipping' in the alleyways but no one cares (council, environment agencies etc...). We need the council to readopt the alleyways and prosecute those that flytip. westcliffhomeowner
  • Score: 9

7:48am Tue 25 Feb 14

Happy Chickie says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Nice work, well done for getting it done, something our council seems to have forgotten how to do.
"it’s on private land, there is little the council can do"

Don't blame the council.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Nice work, well done for getting it done, something our council seems to have forgotten how to do.[/p][/quote]"it’s on private land, there is little the council can do" Don't blame the council. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 5

7:49am Tue 25 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

westcliffhomeowner wrote:
I've just spent £500 clearing the alleyway running behind my house in Inverness Avenue. £180 for a skip, £250 to get the tree cut back which grew so large it was blocking out light to mine and neighbouring houses and £80 on new fence panels as the rubbish in the alleyway had broken the panels. Nice to see people clearing some of them up but how soon will it be used for dumping again? I know my neighbours and I have tried to report 'fly tipping' in the alleyways but no one cares (council, environment agencies etc...). We need the council to readopt the alleyways and prosecute those that flytip.
Check it weekly before it has a chance to build up...
[quote][p][bold]westcliffhomeowner[/bold] wrote: I've just spent £500 clearing the alleyway running behind my house in Inverness Avenue. £180 for a skip, £250 to get the tree cut back which grew so large it was blocking out light to mine and neighbouring houses and £80 on new fence panels as the rubbish in the alleyway had broken the panels. Nice to see people clearing some of them up but how soon will it be used for dumping again? I know my neighbours and I have tried to report 'fly tipping' in the alleyways but no one cares (council, environment agencies etc...). We need the council to readopt the alleyways and prosecute those that flytip.[/p][/quote]Check it weekly before it has a chance to build up... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 2

7:59am Tue 25 Feb 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Well done you lot
Well done you lot CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 11

8:29am Tue 25 Feb 14

southendmike says...

Hows about this sort of clear up being part of Community Service by those convicted in the Courts?
Hows about this sort of clear up being part of Community Service by those convicted in the Courts? southendmike
  • Score: 10

9:38am Tue 25 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Offenders who are guilty of vandalism and such like should me made to clear up mess like this .. and whilst they are at it, help with the clearing of over grown weeds etc in graveyards .. Giving them fines is not enough, they should be giving something back to their community ..
Offenders who are guilty of vandalism and such like should me made to clear up mess like this .. and whilst they are at it, help with the clearing of over grown weeds etc in graveyards .. Giving them fines is not enough, they should be giving something back to their community .. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 7

11:31am Tue 25 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Nice work, well done for getting it done, something our council seems to have forgotten how to do.
"it’s on private land, there is little the council can do"

Don't blame the council.
But the Council can have an order issued to compel the land owners to clear it up. IIf they don't then they can clear it up and bill the land owners. That applies to any area in public view. The problem is Council's are always reluctant to persue that course.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Nice work, well done for getting it done, something our council seems to have forgotten how to do.[/p][/quote]"it’s on private land, there is little the council can do" Don't blame the council.[/p][/quote]But the Council can have an order issued to compel the land owners to clear it up. IIf they don't then they can clear it up and bill the land owners. That applies to any area in public view. The problem is Council's are always reluctant to persue that course. John T Pharro
  • Score: 2

5:28pm Tue 25 Feb 14

the25man says...

Nine times out of ten its the peoples whose gardens back onto alley way that throw there rubbish over the rear fence. Pity they aren't taken to court for fly tipping.
Nine times out of ten its the peoples whose gardens back onto alley way that throw there rubbish over the rear fence. Pity they aren't taken to court for fly tipping. the25man
  • Score: -3

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