Waste is being dumped in Swindon just yards from recycling depot

This Is Wiltshire: The Council is refusing to clear up rampant fly tipping on Cheney Manor Trading Estate The Council is refusing to clear up rampant fly tipping on Cheney Manor Trading Estate

CHENEY Manor Industrial Estate is being blighted by fly-tipping as waste is being dumped just yards from the household waste recycling centre.

Traders in the units on the estate have seen piles of asbestos, waste, and construction materials clogging up the road and embankment around Brindley Close.

Mark Iles, 47, of scrapyard Fords Only, said he had not been able to get a solution.

“I run a scrapyard, and my yard is tidier than the outside of the road,” he said.

“Eight months ago we had a lot of rubbish dumped round here and to this day it is still here. After Christmas the fly-tipping started.

“With all the rains during Christmas the river started building up. The whole thing has been a long build up. It looks like someone has dumped part of a bathroom down there. There are tiles and plaster boards all over the place. We have got two big piles, but now the rats are getting into the bags and it is being distributed all around the area.

“There are even tyres scattered around the place.

“There is a pile of asbestos sheets up on the embankment, which we were told would be sorted eight months ago. It is still up there now.

“Normally asbestos has got to be dumped down and double bagged. I used to dispose it years ago when I was 16 for a different company, and it has to go to a licensed site.

“I stay away from it. It could be harmless but I do not want to touch it just in case.”

Mark added the charge paid to the local authority for road cleaning seemed to be wasted.

“There are 13 units up here , and we pay a monthly charge of between £36 to £40,” he said. “While that may not seem much, it all adds up.

“The terms of the agreement are that it is supposed to be kept clean and tidy.

“There has been an agreement it would be swept on the last Wednesday of every month, but that does not seem to have happened.

“We have had one road sweeper come up just after Christmas because there had been a build up of leaves.”

A council spokesman said: “We have an ongoing problem with selfish and irresponsible people, often dodgy traders without the correct waste disposal licences, who illegally dump waste all across the Borough.

Cheney Manor Industrial Estate is no exception.

“We clear it up on a regular basis on the industrial estate and elsewhere, and we will respond if people report specific fly-tipping problems to us, particularly if it involves hazardous waste such as asbestos and chemicals.

“We are not aware of any complaints recently from the tenants in Brindley Close but we will clear fly-tipped waste from there if there if it is reported to us. It would be much better if people didn’t fly-tip in the first place, and it would also save council tax payers tens of thousands of pounds a year in clean-up costs.”

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6:48am Fri 21 Feb 14

swindondad says...

There is no excuse for dumping your rubbish in the street.

That said SBC could make it easier for local people to use the recycling depot by extending the winter hour. The 16:30 closure everyday means that most people in full time work can't get there on a weekday and so have to join the queue at the weekend.
There is no excuse for dumping your rubbish in the street. That said SBC could make it easier for local people to use the recycling depot by extending the winter hour. The 16:30 closure everyday means that most people in full time work can't get there on a weekday and so have to join the queue at the weekend. swindondad
  • Score: 13

8:35am Fri 21 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

That actually says more about the moronic people doing the fly tipping than the Council to be fair. It is open enough hours for everyone to use it if they make the effort. Just shows how selfish so many people are.
That actually says more about the moronic people doing the fly tipping than the Council to be fair. It is open enough hours for everyone to use it if they make the effort. Just shows how selfish so many people are. house on the hill
  • Score: -1

8:40am Fri 21 Feb 14

nobody says...

The recycling centre should be open 8am to 8pm all year round to encourage recycling.

No excuses for fly-tipping.
The recycling centre should be open 8am to 8pm all year round to encourage recycling. No excuses for fly-tipping. nobody
  • Score: 20

9:32am Fri 21 Feb 14

Davethered says...

I just can't understand the mentality of people who go out in their cars/vans travel miles to dump their rubbish in some lane or wherever suits them. If you're going to do that just go to the tip and dump it there.
Maybe they don't like queueing up.
I just can't understand the mentality of people who go out in their cars/vans travel miles to dump their rubbish in some lane or wherever suits them. If you're going to do that just go to the tip and dump it there. Maybe they don't like queueing up. Davethered
  • Score: 4

10:35am Fri 21 Feb 14

Robh says...

“We are not aware of any complaints recently from the tenants in Brindley Close but we will clear fly-tipped waste from there if there if it is reported to us. It would be much better if people didn’t fly-tip in the first place, and it would also save council tax payers tens of thousands of pounds a year in clean-up costs.”

Simple people with tiny minds. Surely the manager of the site and other council employees and officials drive past the rubbish almost daily so why do they have to wait for someone else to report it?
“We are not aware of any complaints recently from the tenants in Brindley Close but we will clear fly-tipped waste from there if there if it is reported to us. It would be much better if people didn’t fly-tip in the first place, and it would also save council tax payers tens of thousands of pounds a year in clean-up costs.” Simple people with tiny minds. Surely the manager of the site and other council employees and officials drive past the rubbish almost daily so why do they have to wait for someone else to report it? Robh
  • Score: 6

10:36am Fri 21 Feb 14

Arrowfield says...

Cheney Manor industrial estate has been looking very run down for some time now
Cheney Manor industrial estate has been looking very run down for some time now Arrowfield
  • Score: 8

1:36pm Fri 21 Feb 14

dglaholm says...

Put up hidden cameras....
Put up hidden cameras.... dglaholm
  • Score: 7

7:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

Expect this to rise now refuse and recyling collections are reduced.
The already long queues at the recyling centre will get longer and fly tipping will increase.
Expect this to rise now refuse and recyling collections are reduced. The already long queues at the recyling centre will get longer and fly tipping will increase. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 4

10:06pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mug? says...

Surely they would have the common sense to clean up rubbish outside their own facility even if no one had reported it? I still think everyone should dump their green waste outside the civic offices when the new system comes in. I wonder if they'd clean that up if no one reports it?!?
Surely they would have the common sense to clean up rubbish outside their own facility even if no one had reported it? I still think everyone should dump their green waste outside the civic offices when the new system comes in. I wonder if they'd clean that up if no one reports it?!? mug?
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