Family’s clean-up reopens alleyway

Echo: Family’s clean-up reopens alleyway Family’s clean-up reopens alleyway

A FAMILY rolled up their sleeves and cleared up an alleyway of the rubbish and overgrown weeds which had been blocking it.

Gary Hobbs, his wife, Judy and daughters Tiffany and Crystal, spent their Sunday morning cleaning the alleyway, off Clarendon Road, Canvey.

It’s a job Mr Hobbs says county and borough councils should be doing, but they don’t.

The Canvey dad says he has tidied the footpath three times in the past year because he was fed up about the state it was in.

Mr Hobbs, 29, said: “It gets really bad.

“There are quite a few residents in the area who rely on mobility scooters to get around.

“They haven’t been able to use the alleyway, because of how it’s become.

“It really smells in there and I’ve heard a lot of people refuse to use it.”

Mr Hobbs said the family picked up 19 beer cans, filled half a carrier bag with cigarette butts, and even found a pair of women’s knickers during the clean-up.

It took the determined dad and his family more than an hour to clean the alleyway, which runs next to their back garden. Mr Hobbs added: “People who live nearby are really happy about it, they’re quite chuffed it looks better and are able to use it more easily.”

Neighbour Erica Reade said: “I live at the top of Clarendon Road and my sister lived in Rainbow Road.

“It was disgusting to walk through. I used to hold my breath every time. It looks absolutely amazing now.”

Castle Point Council says residents should contact it about rubbish in alleyways before taking matters into their own hands.

A spokesman said: “The last complaint we had about this alleyway was in August 2011.

“Pinnacle, our cleaning contractor, will clear alleyways if they are littered, or subject to fly tipping.

“Residents can help us greatly by letting us know when a problem occurs between our normal inspections.”

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5:17pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Jolly good show. Well done to the Hobbs family.
Jolly good show. Well done to the Hobbs family. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 19

5:19pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Pinnacle will do as little as they possibly can and if you make any comments to the Council the Council will back Pinnacle to the hilt and agree with all the excuses made by them in my exoerience.


Pinnacle is a QUANGO forced upon us.
Pinnacle will do as little as they possibly can and if you make any comments to the Council the Council will back Pinnacle to the hilt and agree with all the excuses made by them in my exoerience. Pinnacle is a QUANGO forced upon us. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 15

5:21pm Fri 27 Jun 14

The Macduffian says...

Did the knickers have a name tag in, as they could have been returned to the owner
Did the knickers have a name tag in, as they could have been returned to the owner The Macduffian
  • Score: 4

5:28pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Andycal 172D says...

Always a good thing to see "family clean out back passage" as a potential headline. Good to know they went the extra yard and re-opened it for public use...
Always a good thing to see "family clean out back passage" as a potential headline. Good to know they went the extra yard and re-opened it for public use... Andycal 172D
  • Score: 9

5:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

alarminstaller says...

The Hobbs family have my total respect they have shown their children the correct way to behave.
Those children will grow up with the same respect as their parents.
The idiots that leave that rubbish have no respect for anyone or anything and that is exactly how their children will grow up 'lazy slobs'.
The Hobbs family have my total respect they have shown their children the correct way to behave. Those children will grow up with the same respect as their parents. The idiots that leave that rubbish have no respect for anyone or anything and that is exactly how their children will grow up 'lazy slobs'. alarminstaller
  • Score: 19

5:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

emcee says...

Quote: It’s a job Mr Hobbs says county and borough councils should be doing, but they don’t."
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Quite right, and kudos to him and his family for doing the work. However, as Mr Hobbs and his family should not be responsible to do this work, if I was in his shoes I would be writing to the responsible parties, enclosing a fee schedule, for any future work needed (plus for work already carried out) should this situation be allowed to occur again.

That should keep them (the council and their contractor) on their toes.
Quote: It’s a job Mr Hobbs says county and borough councils should be doing, but they don’t." - Quite right, and kudos to him and his family for doing the work. However, as Mr Hobbs and his family should not be responsible to do this work, if I was in his shoes I would be writing to the responsible parties, enclosing a fee schedule, for any future work needed (plus for work already carried out) should this situation be allowed to occur again. That should keep them (the council and their contractor) on their toes. emcee
  • Score: 11

5:57pm Fri 27 Jun 14

The King of Southend says...

If only more people were as public spirited.
If only more people were as public spirited. The King of Southend
  • Score: 13

6:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

rob-wos says...

Actually it's NOT the council or county's job, it's the people who live adjacent to the alley ways who have the responsibility.

These alleys ways where there to allow the trades people to have access to deliver coal, remove waste, etc.

Look on your deeds. You will find these marked up on them. It is the responsibility of all who have access from the adjacent buildings to keep it clear.

So if 10 persons are adjacent to an alley they all have a responsibility to keep it clear.

If Gary Hobbs is unhappy, he should charge the other neighbors for his time..
Actually it's NOT the council or county's job, it's the people who live adjacent to the alley ways who have the responsibility. These alleys ways where there to allow the trades people to have access to deliver coal, remove waste, etc. Look on your deeds. You will find these marked up on them. It is the responsibility of all who have access from the adjacent buildings to keep it clear. So if 10 persons are adjacent to an alley they all have a responsibility to keep it clear. If Gary Hobbs is unhappy, he should charge the other neighbors for his time.. rob-wos
  • Score: -8

6:18pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Maddogg says...

The Macduffian wrote:
Did the knickers have a name tag in, as they could have been returned to the owner
Do you have name tags in yours?
[quote][p][bold]The Macduffian[/bold] wrote: Did the knickers have a name tag in, as they could have been returned to the owner[/p][/quote]Do you have name tags in yours? Maddogg
  • Score: 1

6:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Nelly99 says...

Well done Gary. Trouble is you just appointed yourself alley monitor. I did a similar thing in Westcliff some years ago and as long as you want to keep clearing everyones's Cr*p the other residents will let you.
Well done Gary. Trouble is you just appointed yourself alley monitor. I did a similar thing in Westcliff some years ago and as long as you want to keep clearing everyones's Cr*p the other residents will let you. Nelly99
  • Score: 11

6:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

and the council didnt even say thank you . Well done Hobbs family
and the council didnt even say thank you . Well done Hobbs family CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 8

7:23pm Fri 27 Jun 14

thamesbarrier says...

In Redbridge householders got together to pay for gates and that has stopped almost all the problems.
In Redbridge householders got together to pay for gates and that has stopped almost all the problems. thamesbarrier
  • Score: 7

8:41pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

I know there is a problem on Canvey with getting Castle Point to accept responsibility. They always try to fob folk off.

However, did the family contact their county councillor? That's worth a try. That's what county councillors are for, as highways are in their remit.

But I do agree that all the neighbours should be responsible. There are all manner of objects dumped at the side of the road. Some people live like pigs and it's not right that they inflict it on others.

But well done to this family for showing initiative. I hope their neighbours will roll their sleeves up next time too.

I regularly pick up rubbish where I live because there are some morons who love to chuck their cr@p in my garden. Perhaps one day I'll follow them home and chuck it in theirs.

Why are some people such scutters?
I know there is a problem on Canvey with getting Castle Point to accept responsibility. They always try to fob folk off. However, did the family contact their county councillor? That's worth a try. That's what county councillors are for, as highways are in their remit. But I do agree that all the neighbours should be responsible. There are all manner of objects dumped at the side of the road. Some people live like pigs and it's not right that they inflict it on others. But well done to this family for showing initiative. I hope their neighbours will roll their sleeves up next time too. I regularly pick up rubbish where I live because there are some morons who love to chuck their cr@p in my garden. Perhaps one day I'll follow them home and chuck it in theirs. Why are some people such scutters? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

8:51pm Fri 27 Jun 14

manintheshed says...

rob-wos wrote:
Actually it's NOT the council or county's job, it's the people who live adjacent to the alley ways who have the responsibility.

These alleys ways where there to allow the trades people to have access to deliver coal, remove waste, etc.

Look on your deeds. You will find these marked up on them. It is the responsibility of all who have access from the adjacent buildings to keep it clear.

So if 10 persons are adjacent to an alley they all have a responsibility to keep it clear.

If Gary Hobbs is unhappy, he should charge the other neighbors for his time..
'Look on your deeds' yes that helps if you rent, or have a mortgage they are not just in the drawer are they? Some of these alleyways are public rights of way and NOT for the exclusive use of the properties nearby. So the local authority have responsibility for the upkeep of them.
[quote][p][bold]rob-wos[/bold] wrote: Actually it's NOT the council or county's job, it's the people who live adjacent to the alley ways who have the responsibility. These alleys ways where there to allow the trades people to have access to deliver coal, remove waste, etc. Look on your deeds. You will find these marked up on them. It is the responsibility of all who have access from the adjacent buildings to keep it clear. So if 10 persons are adjacent to an alley they all have a responsibility to keep it clear. If Gary Hobbs is unhappy, he should charge the other neighbors for his time..[/p][/quote]'Look on your deeds' yes that helps if you rent, or have a mortgage they are not just in the drawer are they? Some of these alleyways are public rights of way and NOT for the exclusive use of the properties nearby. So the local authority have responsibility for the upkeep of them. manintheshed
  • Score: 7

9:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

rob-wos says...

manintheshed wrote:
rob-wos wrote:
Actually it's NOT the council or county's job, it's the people who live adjacent to the alley ways who have the responsibility.

These alleys ways where there to allow the trades people to have access to deliver coal, remove waste, etc.

Look on your deeds. You will find these marked up on them. It is the responsibility of all who have access from the adjacent buildings to keep it clear.

So if 10 persons are adjacent to an alley they all have a responsibility to keep it clear.

If Gary Hobbs is unhappy, he should charge the other neighbors for his time..
'Look on your deeds' yes that helps if you rent, or have a mortgage they are not just in the drawer are they? Some of these alleyways are public rights of way and NOT for the exclusive use of the properties nearby. So the local authority have responsibility for the upkeep of them.
Yes I agree some alley ways are council walkways but as you can see from the photo, this was a domestic alleyway.

So if you don't have your deeds or landlord handy, ask the council if they own it. If not there's, it's your responsibility.
[quote][p][bold]manintheshed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rob-wos[/bold] wrote: Actually it's NOT the council or county's job, it's the people who live adjacent to the alley ways who have the responsibility. These alleys ways where there to allow the trades people to have access to deliver coal, remove waste, etc. Look on your deeds. You will find these marked up on them. It is the responsibility of all who have access from the adjacent buildings to keep it clear. So if 10 persons are adjacent to an alley they all have a responsibility to keep it clear. If Gary Hobbs is unhappy, he should charge the other neighbors for his time..[/p][/quote]'Look on your deeds' yes that helps if you rent, or have a mortgage they are not just in the drawer are they? Some of these alleyways are public rights of way and NOT for the exclusive use of the properties nearby. So the local authority have responsibility for the upkeep of them.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree some alley ways are council walkways but as you can see from the photo, this was a domestic alleyway. So if you don't have your deeds or landlord handy, ask the council if they own it. If not there's, it's your responsibility. rob-wos
  • Score: 3

8:49am Sat 28 Jun 14

John Right says...

Oh the joys of living beside an alley, though got rubbish ? oik it back over the fence, to owners
Oh the joys of living beside an alley, though got rubbish ? oik it back over the fence, to owners John Right
  • Score: -1

9:36am Sat 28 Jun 14

abd123 says...

These alleys are private land and are not the Council's responsibility. Well done to this family who set a good example to their neighbours and children. This is how it is supposed to work but with all the neighbours joining in.
These alleys are private land and are not the Council's responsibility. Well done to this family who set a good example to their neighbours and children. This is how it is supposed to work but with all the neighbours joining in. abd123
  • Score: 3

12:16pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Little John says...

rob-wos wrote:
manintheshed wrote:
rob-wos wrote:
Actually it's NOT the council or county's job, it's the people who live adjacent to the alley ways who have the responsibility.

These alleys ways where there to allow the trades people to have access to deliver coal, remove waste, etc.

Look on your deeds. You will find these marked up on them. It is the responsibility of all who have access from the adjacent buildings to keep it clear.

So if 10 persons are adjacent to an alley they all have a responsibility to keep it clear.

If Gary Hobbs is unhappy, he should charge the other neighbors for his time..
'Look on your deeds' yes that helps if you rent, or have a mortgage they are not just in the drawer are they? Some of these alleyways are public rights of way and NOT for the exclusive use of the properties nearby. So the local authority have responsibility for the upkeep of them.
Yes I agree some alley ways are council walkways but as you can see from the photo, this was a domestic alleyway.

So if you don't have your deeds or landlord handy, ask the council if they own it. If not there's, it's your responsibility.
I think the below quote from the council in the story clearly says they have responsibility for the alley way. Well done to the family by the way. I'm organising a similar clear up in an alley where I live. In my case, the alley way is jointly owned by the residents.

A spokesman said: “The last complaint we had about this alleyway was in August 2011.

“Pinnacle, our cleaning contractor, will clear alleyways if they are littered, or subject to fly tipping.
[quote][p][bold]rob-wos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]manintheshed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rob-wos[/bold] wrote: Actually it's NOT the council or county's job, it's the people who live adjacent to the alley ways who have the responsibility. These alleys ways where there to allow the trades people to have access to deliver coal, remove waste, etc. Look on your deeds. You will find these marked up on them. It is the responsibility of all who have access from the adjacent buildings to keep it clear. So if 10 persons are adjacent to an alley they all have a responsibility to keep it clear. If Gary Hobbs is unhappy, he should charge the other neighbors for his time..[/p][/quote]'Look on your deeds' yes that helps if you rent, or have a mortgage they are not just in the drawer are they? Some of these alleyways are public rights of way and NOT for the exclusive use of the properties nearby. So the local authority have responsibility for the upkeep of them.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree some alley ways are council walkways but as you can see from the photo, this was a domestic alleyway. So if you don't have your deeds or landlord handy, ask the council if they own it. If not there's, it's your responsibility.[/p][/quote]I think the below quote from the council in the story clearly says they have responsibility for the alley way. Well done to the family by the way. I'm organising a similar clear up in an alley where I live. In my case, the alley way is jointly owned by the residents. A spokesman said: “The last complaint we had about this alleyway was in August 2011. “Pinnacle, our cleaning contractor, will clear alleyways if they are littered, or subject to fly tipping. Little John
  • Score: 0

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