City fly-tipping ‘increases’ after free bulky waste collection ends

A sofa dumped in Southsea
A sofa dumped in Southsea

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WASTE dumped on the streets of the city has prompted anger from an opposition councillor.

Lee Hunt, ward member for Central Southsea at Portsmouth City Council, wants to take the authority to task over what he calls a growing problem.

We are out and about everyday and can see things are getting worse – much worse

Cllr Lee Hunt

Liberal Democrat Cllr Hunt has written to the council’s helpdesk about the problem.

In it he said: ‘Central Southsea’s Lib Dem ward team and ward councillors are seeing lots more dumped rubbish on our streets – including sofas, fridges, chairs, mattresses, furniture and bags of waste etc; plus dogs’ mess and graffiti across the community we help represent.

‘We are out and about everyday and can see things are getting worse – much worse.’

He added a sofa, pictured, was dumped in Southsea in Fawcett Road near its junction with Wheatstone Road.

​Cllr Hunt added: ‘Sadly since the ​Conservative-run ​council stopped doing bulky waste collections ​and failed to sign the contract for the city’s new “clean time” ​ there has been a surge in dumped furniture like this.

‘It annoys residents and is unsightly and leaves​ a poor impression of our city with so many overseas and UK visitors coming here.’

And he said if rubbish was not collected quickly then large items get moved, prompting more call-outs to different locations and was wasting cash.

Cllr Hunt said rubbish was also being dumped in Chetwynd Road. He added: ‘There is just so much and it is getting out of control.’

The city council responded by saying it has seen no increase in fly-tipping in the streets mentioned by Cllr Hunt and the Keep Southsea Tidy group.

And the authority said there has been no increase because of the stopping of free bulky waste collections.

The Conservative administration did not sign the 3GS cleaning contract proposed by the previous Lib Dem administration last year.

The new administration believed it was not value for money and did not meet its aims.