Local people are reaching the end of their tether with the growing tide of fly tipping blighting North Maidstone, according to North Ward local Councillors Michelle Hastie, Tony Harwood and Ian Chittenden. They are calling for a reintroduction of the tough intelligence-led enforcement that used to exist, but which lapsed during the recent period of Conservative Control of the Council.
Cllr. Tony Harwood singles out Operation Lasso, where multi-agency teams stopped vehicles carrying waste and ran checks on waste transfer notices, road tax, insurance, red diesel and social security, as the most effective solution; additionally he and other Liberal Democrat Councillors are investigating what other steps the Council can take directly.
In the meantime Local residents and Lib Dem Councillors Councillors are taking a pro-active approach to keeping North Ward clean. The attached picture shows the impressive haul of rubbish they retrieved from the Ringlestone estate on Saturday morning. However, even this haul was dwarfed by the 7 1/2 tonnes of fly tipping collected from the estate earlier in the year.
Cllr. Tony Harwood stated: "Local Councillors are immensely grateful to those residents who selflessly clean-up their neighbourhoods day in day out, week in week out, come rain or shine with no thanks or fanfare. Penenden Heath, the River Medway tow-path, Cuckoo Wood, the High-level Bridge, Ringlestone, Pepper Alley, the River Len Nature Reserve and Vinters Park are all the better for such local direct action. We are determined that Maidstone Borough Council will also do its part in in looking after our communities.
County Councillor Ian Chittenden added: "What we really want is for this thoughtless fly tipping to stop now. It diminishes our local communities, is potentially dangerous for children, lethal for wildlife and costs the tax payer a huge amount. but if appealing to people's better nature doesn't stop this unacceptable behaviour then tough enforcement and big fines will have to."