Council clears rubbish in street flytipping row

Residents of Victoria Street, including Janice Melbourne, left, who are angry at being asked to pay to clear up fly-tipping mess by Mansfield District Council.

Residents of Victoria Street, including Janice Melbourne, left, who are angry at being asked to pay to clear up fly-tipping mess by Mansfield District Council.

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Council workers have finally cleared away flytipped rubbish that had blighted a Mansfield street.

Resident living on Victoria Street had been at loggerheads with Mansfield District Council over the piles of waste that had been dumped in the alleyway behind their properties.

It included old fridges, clothes, settees and general waste.

The council had written to residents saying that the responsibility was with the residents to clear the mess, despite the council having regularly swept the area.

They also threatened to bill the residents if they did not comply.

But after a stand-off lasting several months, the waste was shifted recently, much to the delight of grandmother Janice Melbourne who said she would even risk going to jail rather than clear up the mess.

She said: “It’s all gone and I’m very pleased about it, I can now get our dustbin round the back once again and I can sit out the front and enjoy some fresh air!

“It’s clear at the moment and we want it to stay that way!

“If it was only black plastic sacks we could have put it in the bins, but it just wasn’t possible with what had been dumped there.

Coun Brian Lohan had been to speak with the residents and backed their plight.

He told Chad: “These people should not be charged any costs for flytipping that had nothing to do with them.

“I’m glad it’s been cleared though.”

Coun Lohan said he will now push to have CCTV cameras installed on an adjacent wall to keep a watchful eye over the alleyway.

Mansfield District Council says it is yet to make a decision on the course of action if further rubbish is dumped in that area in the future ,and whether resident swill have to pay.