FLY-TIPPERS have been condemned after dumping piles of rubbish in a Henley car park.
A total of 1.5 tonnes of household and commercial waste was left by the recycling bins in the King’s Road car park on Monday.
Among the waste were empty alcohol bottles, cushions and furniture.
A woman, who lives in King’s Road and alerted the Henley Standard, said: “Selfish residents and businesses of Henley continue to abuse this recycling facility and clearly have no understanding nor seem to care what the difference is between fly-tipping and recycling.
“As a consequence, the area is attracting rats and is unsightly, resembling a third world tip.
“As a resident of King’s Road, I find the situation unacceptable; it is a health hazard and embarrassment for our beautiful town.
“How can we expect visitors to return or to win prizes in Britain in Bloom when this abuse continues to deface the town?
“I suggest that the facility is removed and the space used for additional car parking. The selfish and lazy residents and traders who have abused the privilege would then have to take their rubbish to the dump like the rest of us.”
The Henley Standard reported the huge pile of rubbish and on Tuesday two environmental health officers from South Oxfordshire District Council visited the car park and staff from Biffa, the council’s waste contractor, cleared the rubbish.
Peter McConnell, Henley’s town centre manager, said: “That corner of the car park has become a dumping ground for residents’ litter and business waste. It happens every week and I have become increasingly frustrated by it.
“Those responsible are too lazy and irresponsible to take it to Oakley Wood recycling centre. They see this as a convenient way of getting rid of their trash.”
Mr McConnell, who also lives in King’s Road, said rubbish was regularly fly-tipped at the site late at night.
“You can hear bottles being strewn around,” he said. “There are one or two irresponsible catering businesses that use it as a dumping ground for all their rubbish.
“Businesses should make their own arrangements, as most of them do. Food waste encourages vermin and that’s not good for a town that is a desirable and great place for people to visit.”
Mr McConnell said that in the past he has seen fridges and air conditioning units dumped in the car park.
“It’s amazing the stuff you see — tables and chairs, for instance,” he said. “People use that corner of the car park as a dump but it is not a dump, it is for recycling.”
Mr McConnell suggested installing CCTV to catch offenders or removing the recycling facility altogether.
He said: “I would support taking it away, even though it would be an inconvenience for me and other law-abiding people.
“People say that there are not enough parking spaces in Henley and we could probably get four or five more there.”
Mayor Martin Akehurst said he wanted the recycling bins to stay. “I think we are better off keeping them so people don’t leave rubbish accumulating outside their homes to be picked up, which caused problems a few years ago. There really is no excuse for fly-tipping. If you see people dumping, please don’t interfere but record the number plate and report it to the police.”
After a previous spate of fly-tipping, the district council, which owns the car park, put up signs warning offenders could be fined up to £20,000.
A district council spokesman said: “We’d like to thank the Henley Standard for reporting the issue and therefore helping us get it cleared so quickly. Operating in such a large district, to a certain extent we have to rely on residents and businesses in the district to let us know about problems like this. All the details for reporting fly-tips can be found at www.southoxon.gov.uk/flytip
“We’d also like to remind people that the green bring banks are for residents to use for excess mixed recycling only - the same things that go in your green wheelie bins. They are not for businesses to use and they are not for any other waste.
“We prosecute people caught misusing facilities. Our environmental health officers regularly use evidence found in fly-tips to bring offenders to court — in the past year we have successfully prosecuted 12 people with a total of £10,330 paid in court fines and fixed penalty notices.”
Sir, — Enough is enough, selfish residents and businesses of Henley continue to abuse the recycling facility in King’s Road car park and clearly have no understanding or seem to care what the difference is between fly-tipping and recycling.
As a consequence, the area is attracting rats and is unsightly, resembling a third world tip, as my picture (taken at 8pm on Monday) shows.
As a resident of King’s Road, I find the situation unacceptable; it is a health hazard and embarrassment for our beautiful town.
How can we expect visitors to return or to win prizes in Britain in Bloom when this abuse continues to deface the town?
I suggest that the facility is removed and the space used for additional car parking.
The selfish and lazy residents and traders who have abused the privilege would then have to take their rubbish to the dump like the rest of us, recycle through the charity shops in Henley or recycle through their weekly rubbish collection. — Yours faithfully,
Name and address supplied
Sir, — Are we, the people of Henley, totally oblivious of our street litter bins which appear to be always overflowing with household rubbish, or have we grown to accept it as the norm?
I wonder if those who continually place their bags of household rubbish in these bins feel any remorse or caring for the town and the image it portrays?
We are frequently shown photographs of overflowing bins in the local press but it appears these “bag tippers” continue to do just that. Do we, the public, really need to see and smell their private waste?
If these dear people have a problem with their council bins location or placing them on the roadside to be emptied, would it not be better to talk to a town councillor or go to the town hall for advice? — Yours faithfully,