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Hundreds sign West Berkshire waste petition

Councillor calls on local authority to scrap charges

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A PETITION calling on West Berkshire Council to scrap charges for residents disposing of non-household waste has gained almost 300 signatures.

Liberal Democrat councillor Alan Macro, who launched the petition, told members of the council’s executive committee on Thursday that the charges were likely to lead to a significant increase in fly-tipping.

West Berkshire Council introduced the fees at its waste disposal sites earlier this month, and residents now have to pay to get rid of certain types of waste, such as ceramics and rubble, plasterboard, soil and tyres.

Handing the written submission into the council Mr Macro (Lib Dem, Theale) said: “These charges are likely to cause a significant increase in fly-tipping to the detriment of residents and wildlife and the environment.

“Clearing up fly tipping will incur expenditure to the council and land owners.”

The introduction of the charges marks a change of heart by West Berkshire Council who said last year that it was not considering bringing in the fees.

In one six-month period last year the council spent almost £30,000 cleaning up dumped waste. Between July and December last year it cleared away a total of 543 fly-tipping sites costing an estimated £29,125.

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  • TractorMan

    19/09/2017 - 12:12

    When are West Berks going to see common sense, FFS you idiots make legal tipping free and easy and heavy fines for fly tippers! Take it the petition now closed, I was not given the opportunity to sign but more than happy to do so!

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  • Chunky

    19/09/2017 - 07:07

    Don't need a petition. Sec.17 Crime and Disorder Act, prohibits Local Authorities taking action that will increase crime, in this case fly typing. WBC solicitors should have advised the Council accordingly.

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  • Oldmoaner

    18/09/2017 - 19:07

    £29125. For 543 site clearances that's £53.6 a site, perhaps if the council advertised this as a service fly tipping would disappear and we could all have our surplus building rubbish collected as well cheaper than taking it to the tip.

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  • Charlie

    18/09/2017 - 11:11

    Only 300? That's pretty dire. We got 1500 signatures on our petition to put the safety fence back round the toddler play area in Victoria Park. That didn't cut any ice with NTC. I would have thought that waste disposal was about the most basic of necessities that the council is required to fund out of the council tax.

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