NO-ONE is taking seriously the explosion of fly-tipping in our communities.
That is the message from angry neighbours who are sick and tired of waste being dumped and authorities not stepping in to clean up after offenders.
It comes after a truck left a load of garden waste in an alley in Baffins that leads to people’s garages – the latest in a string of fly-tipping incidents across the region.
Residents are fuming as they’ve been told it is their job to clear it all away.
Portsmouth City Council bosses say it is on private land so the responsibility lies with the landowner.
It follows a surge in reports of fly-tipping across the county – in Havant it has shot up by almost 30 per cent from 1,173 in 2012/2013 to 1,503 in 2014/2015.
No-one is taking this seriously and if someone doesn’t take responsibility then this is going to get worse and worse.Portsmouth resident Denise Earley
Couple Denise and Steven Earley came home from the shops to find branches piled up in their back alleyway leading to garages off Lichfield and Sunningdale Road, Baffins.
After checking footage on their CCTV camera, they realised a truck had dumped it all before driving off.
Mrs Earley says she then called the council – only to be told someone would have to come out and investigate before deciding what to do.
She says a worker then visited and said it was down to the local residents to clear up everything.
Mrs Earley, 54, said the council should take charge. She said: ‘It’s absolutely disgraceful.
‘No-one is taking this seriously and if someone doesn’t take responsibility then this is going to get worse and worse.
‘It’s careless. The man who came round from the council said it’s down to the residents to have to dispose of it as it’s on private land. I’m disgusted.
‘Either the person who did this should be made to clear it up, or the council should get it removed and the culprit foot the bill.’
The council’s green and clean service manager Colette Hill said: ‘We take all reports of fly-tipping very seriously.
‘We’re actively looking into the situation, and have confirmed that this has happened on private land.
‘In cases such as these, we try to identify a perpetrator so that we can take the appropriate enforcement action.
‘Even if we are unable to ascertain who has carried out the fly-tipping, it becomes the responsibility of the landowner to arrange removal.
‘We do all we can to support and advise landowners when these kinds of situations arise, and do our best to prosecute where we can find evidence.’