May 22 2013 Latest news:
Sara Odeen-Isbister , Senior Reporter
Thursday, August 30, 2012
A group of businesses have hit out a fly-tippers who regularly dump rubbish in an alleyway behind their shops.
Around eight companies in Gale Street, Dagenham, say all kinds of waste is left at the back of their properties, from bits of wood to furniture.
Bianca Bere, an accountant at car parts business Breaker Yard Ltd, said the problem has been going on for at least a year.
She added: “Every week stuff gets dumped in the alleyway, it’s infuriating. The other day I saw this guy pushing a bed along the street, and later found it sitting behind our business.
“Not only is the rubbish an eye-sore, it’s a health hazard and can cause an obstruction.”
Bianca said staff at her company call the council on a regular basis, but the situation has not improved.
“They sometimes come and pick the stuff up, but by the next day there’s more rubbish there. Something needs to be done to crack down on whoever is doing this.”
Tony Water, controller at Essex Mini Cabs, also in Gale Street, said the fly-tipping issue was “a major problem”.
“It’s very bad” he told the Post. “People who don’t live or work in these buildings seem to think it’s OK to leave whatever they want in the alley-way. There’s an arm chair in one of the metal wheelie bins at the moment. “The bin-men won’t pick it up as that’s not there job, so it just lies there. One of us has to then chase the council so they get someone to clear it.”
A council spokesman said: “We will arrange for an enforcement officer to visit this site to see whether anything can be done to identify those responsible for this fly tipping.
“Anyone with evidence which could lead to the identification of a fly tipper should report it to the council by calling 020 8215 3000 or by completing the online form on the council website.”