Calls For Council Apology for Rubbish Not Cleared in Acton
Increase in flytipping in W3 throughout the pandemic
There is growing concern over the state of some of the roads in Acton with locals claiming they're seeing an increase in fly-tipping.
Since last year many more people have been working from home and with the lockdowns, told to stay indoors. This has led to more house maintenance and garden improvements and a far higher volume of general rubbish.
In August 2020 with regular huge queues at the borough's recycling and waste sites, Ealing Council was forced to change the system from the previous drop in and drop off.
The impact of the pandemic has affected all services and complaints have also been raised on social media that some bulky waste collections have been missed, raising speculation over the apparent increase in fly-tipping.
Already cash strapped, council's are worried about trying to balance the books and news that the Government has given Local authorities permission to increase Council tax by up to 5% this year, putting 2% on bills, and another 3% for adult social care hasn't reassured them. Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, claims the money raised - plus extra from central government - would mean a "real-terms" funding rise, but Labour dispute this and warn of a massive cash shortfall, job losses, service cuts and building sell-offs.
Ealing Council hasn't yet revealed the council tax for 2021/22, an announcement is expected next month.
A spokesperson for Ealing Council said, "There have certainly been changes in consumption patterns which have led to changes to the types and amounts of rubbish being produced within the borough. People are spending more time at home now, so they are eating more meals in the home rather than at school or work. Rather than dining out, people are ordering delivery or having take-away with the associated packaging. Shopping is increasingly done online with the associated packaging. And people are doing more DIY projects which produce bulky waste.
''The Council has a team of officers contacting businesses within the borough, checking for valid waste transfer agreements to ensure that businesses do not fly tip. We have fly tip investigators who investigate rubbish left at fly tip hotspots and issue fixed penalty notices to fly tippers. In addition to this, we have CCTV cameras in high streets and other locations to aid investigations of fly tipping and other antisocial behaviour, and we also prosecute repeat offenders."
Local volunteer litter group, Lager Can (Litter action Group For Ealing Residents)
work alongside the Council and now have over 1,000 members who've been collecting around 2,500 bags of rubbish a month throughout the Borough, as well as many 'unbaggables' - items too big to put in bags.
January 16, 2021