Furious residents hit with fly-tipping bill

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.

Shocked residents who lobbied for the council to remove fly-tipped rubbish from their Mansfield street are furious after being hit with the bill.

Those living on Victoria Street were told by Mansfield District Council in May to remove the rubbish from the alleyway behind their homes, which included old fridges, clothes, settees and general waste, or risk a fine.

The residents refused to fork out the money and following a stand off - in which the residents were given the backing of Mansfield MP Alan Meale - the clutter was eventually taken away by Mansfield District Council workers.

But now, three months on, the council has posted out the clean-up bill which equates to around £8.48 for 69 occupants in 47 homes - a total of more than £585.

Pensioner Janice Melbourne, told the Chad in May she would fight the issue in court if necessary.

She was left shocked after receiving her bill.

“I really can’t understand where they are coming from,” she said.

“They are supposed to look after the people of this town, not intimidate them - that’s what they are trying to do.

“One of my neighbours is not well and she is quite upset about it. The council is certainly getting nothing off me.

“If there’s litter and bits of paper lying around, we clean it up and put it in the bins, but how are we supposed to get rid of old beds, drainpipes and chairs that are dumped there?”

Mansfield District Council said that the decision was taken by the portfolio holder for public protection, Coun Mick Barton.

The council says the passageway is classed as private land and the occupants are jointly responsible for its maintenance.

When fly-tipped rubbish is cleared up on private land elsewhere in the district, the costs are also recovered from the landowners.

But Mansfield ward councillor, Brian Lohan has hit out at the charges imposed on the residents.

He added: “I’m totally surprised because they said they were not going to charge this time, so I’m pretty upset about it.

“Sir Alan Meale got involved last time because he didn’t think they should be charged, and former mayor, Tony Egginton didn’t think they should have to pay it.

“I think the council needs to scrap it.

“They are telling people that bailiffs will come if they don’t pay.

“I’ve spoken to a few residents and they are really worried about it.

“It stinks, and it’s disgusting.

“I’ve been telling people it’s their own decision, but if it was me, I would not pay.”