Rubbish protest hits home

A DIRECT protest against a new rubbish collection scheme in Babergh has received a mixed reaction from other disgruntled residents today.A heap of waste was dumped at the doorstop of the district council's offices in Corks Lane, Hadleigh over the weekend.

A DIRECT protest against a new rubbish collection scheme in Babergh has received a mixed reaction from other disgruntled residents today.

A heap of waste was dumped at the doorstop of the district council's offices in Corks Lane, Hadleigh over the weekend. .

Although there was no indication of who left the mess or why, it is possible it was a protest against the council's newly-introduced waste collection scheme, which has prompted several petitions and letters to the council.

However one obvious suspect was not blame.

Jason Hayfield, threatened to vent his frustration in a similar manner over rubbish piling up at his home in Bowland Drive, Ipswich, last June.

He said: "Somebody has nicked my idea, perhaps I should have patented it. It's a good job and perhaps now the council will take some action."

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The council has dropped weekly collections of Mr Hayfield's normal domestic rubbish and now only collects it fortnightly. As a result his children's used nappies pile up next to the bin.

But not all aggrieved residents condoned such action.

Mary Rowsell, of East Bergholt, organiser of a petition, said: "That's awful, you can't just do things like that. There is a lot of opposition to the scheme but I can't think of anybody who would do such a thing.

"We had a good meeting last Thursday on the issue where we presented the council with more than 500 names on a petition. This action does not help our plight, we must talk about the problem, not just dump rubbish."

A Babergh spokesperson said: "The items dumped outside our offices included garden waste, some soil, rubble and carpets.

"It is such a silly and irresponsible thing to do that I can't believe the perpetrator comes from Babergh.

"In any case, we are currently checking CCTV footage to try and identify the person responsible."

He added that the council would welcome information from anyone who may have witnessed the rubbish being dumped, adding that dumping rubbish is an offence, punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £20,000."

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