Blitz on fly-tip menace

JUST days after The Evening Star highlighted the problems of fly-tipping in Suffolk, a team from the borough has blitzed a rubbish-blighted area of Ipswich.

JUST days after The Evening Star highlighted the problems of fly-tipping in Suffolk, a team from the borough has blitzed a rubbish-blighted area of Ipswich.

A team from the council's streetcare department was called to clear up piles of rubbish left in Vaughan Street in old Stoke - just a day after it collected 43 bags of refuse from the same area.

Team leader Shane Heffer warned that the households who left the rubbish could expect to hear from the council.

“We will go through the rubbish and look for evidence about where this has come from,” he said.

“We will look for letters, envelopes, bills, anything that gives an indication of who made this mess and they can expect to receive a fixed penalty notice in the post.”

It is illegal to leave a rubbish bin on the pavement more than 24 hours after the collection day - and in Vaughan Street the rubbish is taken away on a Tuesday.

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“The paths should be clear by now, but there are still bins left out,” said Mr Heffer.

On Wednesday his team had been very busy in the road, but less than 24 hours later they found more rubbish including refuse bags, a cycle wheel and an old bed.

And members of the Cleaner Ipswich team who are called in to clear the rubbish get to know who are the worst offenders.

Richard Bloomfield said: “People might say they've left a bin out because they're away on holiday but there are some houses which have bins or rubbish out all the time. They aren't on holiday 52 weeks a year!”

The Star revealed yesterday that there were 2,500 fly-tipping incidents in Ipswich between 2004 and 2006.

A borough spokesman said: “We take these kind of offences very seriously and this kind of work emphasises just how determined we are to keep the streets of the town as clean as possible.”

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