Crackdown on Birkenhead fly-tippers promised

Wirral Globe: The site in Mallaby Street entry. The site in Mallaby Street entry.

PLASTIC bottles, aerosols and mountains of bin bags are among the items lining a once-clean alleyway used by Birkenhead residents.

Fed-up householders whose homes back onto the entry between Mallaby Street and Portland Street are calling for action to catch those responsible for dumping the waste.

One resident, who has lived on Mallaby Street for more than 50 years, said: "It is just an absolute mess – people just keep adding to it and throwing more rubbish onto it.

"We can’t blame the council as the council lads are coming out on the wagon and clearing it up but they said that as soon as they leave, there's a bag there and then another bag – it's like a tip and once someone sees a tip, they just add to it.

"Something needs to be done. In all the years I have lived here I have never seen anything like it and when the summer comes, we’re going to have foxes and rats – it's going to get really smelly.

"Dogs are ripping the bags open so the rubbish is just pouring everywhere - it's horrendous."

Councillors described the fly-tipping as the "irresponsible actions" of a minority, impacting on the lives of others who deserve to live in a clean, litter-free neighbourhood.

Wirral’s cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Brian Kenny, said he sympathised with the residents.

He told the Globe: "Reductions in funding from the Government make it more and more difficult for us to clean up after people who fly tip and arbitrarily dump rubbish.

"Working with the Birkenhead Constituency Team, we are looking at a number of areas in Birkenhead that are having particular problems, with a view to them taking part in a pilot scheme which will trial new approaches to preventing fly-tipping and promote correct use of our waste collection systems.”

Funding has also been set aside for a new investigation team which will enable the council to track down and prosecute those who illegally dump waste.

Councillor Kenny added: "In particular, there are plans to crack down on less responsible private landlords and building contractors who commit criminal offences by using the alleyways as their own personal disposal site."

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4:14pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Jack Boot says...

This place is a 5h1th0le, I'm sure its covered by CCTV. I do feel for the residents who have lived there for years, hope they catch the scum doing this.
This place is a 5h1th0le, I'm sure its covered by CCTV. I do feel for the residents who have lived there for years, hope they catch the scum doing this. Jack Boot

4:57pm Fri 31 Jan 14

uncatom says...

It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to find the culprits, this is down to the Council failing to take action, they cant be bothered to prosecute, its easier to send someone to clear the mess up courtesy of the ratepayer, lets face it who is going to carry bags of rubbish any distance and distribute them up and down the entry? perhaps a few knocks on doors might shed some light, all you need is the will to do something.
It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to find the culprits, this is down to the Council failing to take action, they cant be bothered to prosecute, its easier to send someone to clear the mess up courtesy of the ratepayer, lets face it who is going to carry bags of rubbish any distance and distribute them up and down the entry? perhaps a few knocks on doors might shed some light, all you need is the will to do something. uncatom

5:35pm Fri 31 Jan 14

virginiacorker@btinternet.com says...

We have the same problem in Rock Ferry near Rock ferry primary School. When we report it we are told that we have to wait for the 3monthly entry cleaning schedule. Of course more dump in that 3 months. It is only a minority but it brings misery to majority. Its so depressing to pass these piles of rubbish, furniture, etc. It gives a bad impression to any visitors to the area too. Yes crackdown if you can but also bring back our monthly cleans of entries and maybe fortnightly of streets too.
We have the same problem in Rock Ferry near Rock ferry primary School. When we report it we are told that we have to wait for the 3monthly entry cleaning schedule. Of course more dump in that 3 months. It is only a minority but it brings misery to majority. Its so depressing to pass these piles of rubbish, furniture, etc. It gives a bad impression to any visitors to the area too. Yes crackdown if you can but also bring back our monthly cleans of entries and maybe fortnightly of streets too. virginiacorker@btinternet.com

6:01pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bigfoot says...

There was some bags of building rubble dumped at both ends of my road. When I reported it the Streetscene,it was implied that my road wasn't scheduled for a clean! fly tipping attracts more tipping and eventually vermin with the disease that brings. If they continue with that level of operation we will be knee deep in all kinds of rubbish,its bad enough having to contend with takeaway food containers.
There was some bags of building rubble dumped at both ends of my road. When I reported it the Streetscene,it was implied that my road wasn't scheduled for a clean! fly tipping attracts more tipping and eventually vermin with the disease that brings. If they continue with that level of operation we will be knee deep in all kinds of rubbish,its bad enough having to contend with takeaway food containers. bigfoot

6:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bluey says...

This also happens at the back alley on my street in New Ferry. I have contacted street scene who inform me that they will only clean up every three months due to cost implications. Hows about catching those responsible? I wonder where my council tax is spent sometimes and cannot wait for the next election.
This also happens at the back alley on my street in New Ferry. I have contacted street scene who inform me that they will only clean up every three months due to cost implications. Hows about catching those responsible? I wonder where my council tax is spent sometimes and cannot wait for the next election. bluey

8:57pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

It dosnt take much working out,it will be the tip rats who live there
It dosnt take much working out,it will be the tip rats who live there Positive thinker

12:04am Sat 1 Feb 14

Tautology says...

Disgusting dregs of society!
Iv'e crossed Third World countries that are cleaner than some parts of the Wirral. Also lost count of the times Iv'e had to report fly tipping.

Nick them, put them in orange boiler-suits and make them clean the streets!!!
Disgusting dregs of society! Iv'e crossed Third World countries that are cleaner than some parts of the Wirral. Also lost count of the times Iv'e had to report fly tipping. Nick them, put them in orange boiler-suits and make them clean the streets!!! Tautology

1:06pm Sun 2 Feb 14

kevin casey says...

I wander how much is garden rubbish since the council took away the brown bin service ?? Another brainless idea. I think if brains were made of dynamite
The whole council would not have enough to blow a bobble hat off ?????
I wander how much is garden rubbish since the council took away the brown bin service ?? Another brainless idea. I think if brains were made of dynamite The whole council would not have enough to blow a bobble hat off ????? kevin casey

9:01am Mon 3 Feb 14

uncatom says...

Most probably the ones complaining are the culprits, to suggest that someone would carry a settee or armchair or anything else for that matter from another location is absolutely ridiculous, the solution is in the hands of the people that live there, if you don't want to live in filth and squalor, do something about it.
Most probably the ones complaining are the culprits, to suggest that someone would carry a settee or armchair or anything else for that matter from another location is absolutely ridiculous, the solution is in the hands of the people that live there, if you don't want to live in filth and squalor, do something about it. uncatom

11:37am Mon 3 Feb 14

No.9 says...

Can't help but think that part of the problem is greedy private landlords raking in housing benefit rents from their buy-to-lets without really bothering about their tenants' behaviour. So long as their properties are occupied and the income rolls in they're happy. Don't forget they take out insurance against bad tenants wrecking their properties so if and when an eviction takes place their property repairs are covered. An extra layer of legislation forcing landlords to be more responsible for their properties and who they rent them to, and not to expect the council to mop-up after them.
Can't help but think that part of the problem is greedy private landlords raking in housing benefit rents from their buy-to-lets without really bothering about their tenants' behaviour. So long as their properties are occupied and the income rolls in they're happy. Don't forget they take out insurance against bad tenants wrecking their properties so if and when an eviction takes place their property repairs are covered. An extra layer of legislation forcing landlords to be more responsible for their properties and who they rent them to, and not to expect the council to mop-up after them. No.9

7:38pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Positive thinker says...

What a load of crap from Kevin Casey garden waste were talking about back ally way to houses that don't have gardens plonker

No9
You idiot do you just spout the first load of crap that comes to mind?
if it wasn't for private landlords there would be nowhere for these animals to
live,we're in your brain do you come up with put the responsibility on to
the landlord?yet again get someone else other than the scum to clean up
What a load of crap from Kevin Casey garden waste were talking about back ally way to houses that don't have gardens plonker No9 You idiot do you just spout the first load of crap that comes to mind? if it wasn't for private landlords there would be nowhere for these animals to live,we're in your brain do you come up with put the responsibility on to the landlord?yet again get someone else other than the scum to clean up Positive thinker

8:28pm Mon 3 Feb 14

spamfiend says...

I know where I am, we have alley gates put up so and all residents have a key and we do keep a check on them to ensure they stay shut, but just as a question, do Mallaby and Portland Streets have lockable alley gates or are they open to all and sundry.

I ask, because if they are locked gates, it has to be someone on the street as the rubbish seems spread right the way up the entry way and not located in one area which is how fly-tipping usually happens.

Another way to check would bel to go through the rubbish to see if there is any names and addresses on paperwork in the bags. Again, this is a very simple was to find the culprits involved and then make them pick it all up and get rid of it properly as there is no excuse for this as we all get given a grey and a green bin.
I know where I am, we have alley gates put up so and all residents have a key and we do keep a check on them to ensure they stay shut, but just as a question, do Mallaby and Portland Streets have lockable alley gates or are they open to all and sundry. I ask, because if they are locked gates, it has to be someone on the street as the rubbish seems spread right the way up the entry way and not located in one area which is how fly-tipping usually happens. Another way to check would bel to go through the rubbish to see if there is any names and addresses on paperwork in the bags. Again, this is a very simple was to find the culprits involved and then make them pick it all up and get rid of it properly as there is no excuse for this as we all get given a grey and a green bin. spamfiend

9:22am Tue 4 Feb 14

uncatom says...

Positive thinker wrote:
What a load of crap from Kevin Casey garden waste were talking about back ally way to houses that don't have gardens plonker

No9
You idiot do you just spout the first load of crap that comes to mind?
if it wasn't for private landlords there would be nowhere for these animals to
live,we're in your brain do you come up with put the responsibility on to
the landlord?yet again get someone else other than the scum to clean up
A large proportion of fly tipping is caused by landlords, when a tenant goes or is evicted, they have to clear the property for the next tenant, so were does the stuff go ? cheapest option throw it in the entry, all paid for by the generous taxpayer.
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: What a load of crap from Kevin Casey garden waste were talking about back ally way to houses that don't have gardens plonker No9 You idiot do you just spout the first load of crap that comes to mind? if it wasn't for private landlords there would be nowhere for these animals to live,we're in your brain do you come up with put the responsibility on to the landlord?yet again get someone else other than the scum to clean up[/p][/quote]A large proportion of fly tipping is caused by landlords, when a tenant goes or is evicted, they have to clear the property for the next tenant, so were does the stuff go ? cheapest option throw it in the entry, all paid for by the generous taxpayer. uncatom

7:52pm Tue 4 Feb 14

benny07 says...

IT WAS,NT SO LONG AGO CLLR BRIAN KENNY SUGGESTED THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS TO IGNORE ALL THE FLY TIPPING ,THEY WILL SOON GET FED UP TIPPING RUBISH ON THERE OWN DOOR STEP,S,& START CLEANING IT UP THEMSELVES,,THIS NUTCASE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A PUBLIC,SERVANT,!! WHAT A JOKE .NOT FOR MUCH LONGER,AS THEY SAY GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH,!!
IT WAS,NT SO LONG AGO CLLR BRIAN KENNY SUGGESTED THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS TO IGNORE ALL THE FLY TIPPING ,THEY WILL SOON GET FED UP TIPPING RUBISH ON THERE OWN DOOR STEP,S,& START CLEANING IT UP THEMSELVES,,THIS NUTCASE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A PUBLIC,SERVANT,!! WHAT A JOKE .NOT FOR MUCH LONGER,AS THEY SAY GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH,!! benny07

8:12pm Thu 6 Feb 14

bluey says...

Well...received the usual standard not a care about anything reply from our local MP; im sure if it was closer to election time the reply would be different
Well...received the usual standard not a care about anything reply from our local MP; im sure if it was closer to election time the reply would be different bluey

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