Curtis Murphy Published: Tuesday, 20th February 2018

Oldham, like towns and cities all over the country, suffers from fly-tipping.

A small minority of irresponsible people cannot be bothered disposing of their sofas, mattresses, household goods etc responsibly at the local tip or arranging for a licensed waste carrier to remove them.

Instead they’d rather dump them in our streets, alleyways and green spaces. Last year we picked up more than 1,500 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish.

Oldham Council doesn’t dump the rubbish and isn’t a collection service but our officers are left to clean up waste that sometimes includes dangerous materials such as asbestos and used needles, or trade waste from people looking to offload their costs.

Unfortunately residents are left footing the bill.

Daily it costs £2,500 when you take into account staff wages, running a van and waste disposal.

Annually that is money that could be used instead to fill 40,000 potholes or support 2,500 elderly people so they can live independently at home.

To give you a better idea of what we do every day watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xIqQed6WLM

We are doing #ourbit by tackling the issue, focusing on more investigations and fines and engaging communities to take ownership.

We now need you to do #yourbit by reporting fly-tipping in your area, challenging bad behaviour where appropriate and getting involved.

The #result will be cleaner areas to live in and a place people want to be part of.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “We are not a service which can drive around our borough just picking up waste that people have dumped.

“With the council’s budget decreasing every year this is not a good way for money to be spent and is not sustainable.

“Everyone needs to do their bit. Thankfully, the vast majority do not fly-tip but for this problem to go away we need the selfish few to stop.”

As these recent prosecutions at Tameside Magistrates’ Court show we will take action against those who aren’t getting rid of waste properly.

Kimberley Peace, 20 of Tanhill Lane, Fitton Hill, pleaded guilty to a duty of care offence after passing on her waste to an unknown person. It was later found which dumped on Hill Farm Close, Oldham. She informed the court that she had handed the waste to a third party but pleaded guilty as she accepted that she should have only used a licensed waste carrier (or gone to the recycling centre).

She was fined £120 with £150 costs plus a £30 victim surcharge.

On the 1 August, 2017 officers investigating waste dumped at the side of Raper Street found evidence linking it to Rebecca Willis, who lived on the same street. She was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) after admitting putting the waste there. She failed to pay and was later prosecuted and found guilty in her absence.  Fined £200 with £356 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Officers found waste relating to Afshan Abubakar, 37 of Worsley Street, on five different occasions between March and June 2017 in the alleyway to the rear of his property. Ms Abubakar pleaded guilty to five offences of fly-tipping. She stated she didn’t have a grey bin at the time and didn’t realise she could just leave the bags out for collection. She was fined £500 plus £90 costs plus a £30 victim surcharge.

On the 26 July, 2017 officers found waste on Crime Lane in Oldham. Barry Mundy, 52 of Thornhill Road, Droylsden admitted fly tipping in court. He was fined £320 with £148 costs with a £30 victim surcharge.

On 8 May, 2017 officers found waste dumped on Snipe Clough, Oldham. Andrew Cooke, 32 of Polar Street, Audenshaw entered a guilty plea of failing to ensure the proper transfer of the waste. He was fined £115 plus £546 costs and a £30 victim surcharge

On the 21 June, 2017 officers found waste on Kingsbridge Road, Oldham. Christina Fratiman, 27 of Belgrave Road at the time of the offence, was issued with an FPN which she failed to pay. She failed to attend court and was found guilty in her absence. She was fined £220 with £456 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Waste found on Wellington Road, Oldham on 3 March, 2017 was traced to a business address in Stockport. Zier Akthar, 37 of Vicarage Street, Oldham pleaded guilty to a duty of care offence. He was fined £120 with £586 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Carla Jane Rigby, 30, of Belgrave Road, Oldham, was summonsed to court after failing to pay an FPN after waste was found in an alley at the rear of her home address. She was found guilty in her absence and fined £220 with £356 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Debbie Harrop, 46 of Wesley Street, Failsworth was issued with an FPN after waste was found dumped in an alleyway. She failed to pay and was summonsed to Court. She failed to attend and was found guilty in her absence. Fined £220 plus £406 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Andrew Murphy, 47 of London Road, Oldham pleaded guilty to fly tipping after waste relating to him was found on Low Crompton Road, Oldham. He was fined £120, £850 costs with a £30 victim surcharge.

On 12 May 2017 enforcement officers witnessed a taxi driver discard an apple core at the taxi rank on Cheapside, Oldham. He refused to give his personal details. Tahir Mahmood pleaded not guilty to a littering offence but was convicted after a trial, for littering and failing to provide his personal details to an enforcement officer when he was asked. He was fined £175 with £250 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

To report fly-tipping call 0161 770 2244 or visit www.oldham.gov.uk/flytipping

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