Rubbish cleared by council

A FLY-TIPPING site has today been cleared despite the council saying they would not help because it was on a private road.Resident Carol Cansick reported the site to the Evening Star on the heels of the Dump the Dumpers campaign.

A FLY-TIPPING site has today been cleared despite the council saying they would not help because it was on a private road.

Resident Carol Cansick reported the site to the Evening Star on the heels of the Dump the Dumpers campaign.

She had been left with no option but to gradually clear the site on Ancaster Road herself until it suddenly vanished overnight.

The discarded items started piling up in November and despite attempts to get Ipswich Borough Council to clear it she had been told it was not the council's responsibility.

Mrs Cansick, who has lived in Ancaster Road for eight years, said: "At first it was just a chest of drawers but as soon as people realised it was becoming a tip they just added to it.

"I have taken many trips to the tip but more just keeps appearing."

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Items as large as beds, cookers and televisions had been left in the area which previously had been a place of beauty, often visited by families on days out.

"It really spoilt the area," she added.

"It was a really nice leafy little walk that people used to take after being in Gippeswyk Park but with all the rubbish it had become an eye sore.

"It's a bit of a mystery as to who cleared it but I am glad they did."

A new government initiative, Flycatcher, launched in April will help to tackle the fly-tipping problem on Ipswich's streets.

It allows the council to employ officers to investigate who is dumping the rubbish and prosecute them.

Rodney Cook, from the council, said: "The council will employ two officers this autumn to investigate who is doing the fly tipping and be able to fine them.

"Cleaning up Ipswich's streets has become a high priority for the council and we will no longer tolerate it. Hopefully the stiff fines will deter people from continuing to do it, whether on private or public roads."

Since the Star's Dump the Dumpers campaign begun a few months ago the Star has highlighted many sites where people are dumping rubbish and managed to get many of them cleared.

Do you know who is dumping rubbish in Ancaster Road? Do you know of other sites in the town that are being targeted by fly-tippers? What do you think? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or visit the forum at www.eveningstar.co.uk

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