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Fines warning as flytippers dump clothing off Cowley street
RESIDENTS are getting increasingly frustrated by flytippers dumping their trash like this pile of clothes off Normandy Crescent in Cowley.
The clothes were left in the street on Monday and cleaned up by Oxford City Council in a few hours.
But residents said it was not the first time and they are getting heartily sick of people treating their neighbourhoods like a dump.
Bob Timbs, 60, a supply chain analyst at Unipart Automotive Logistics, said: “It really annoys us. It costs taxpayers loads to get the council to clean it up.
“You can’t leave rubbish around like that. There are piles of clothes everywhere.”
Spot fines of £80 are imposed by Oxford City Council for dropping litter.
A city council spokeswoman said it was not the first time flytipping has happened.
She said: “We work hard to identify people who flytip but it is often very difficult to gain enough evidence to prove responsibility.
“We are looking for new approaches to tackle this antisocial issue which includes education and signage as well as the ongoing Cleaner, Greener Oxford campaign.”
The campaign, launched in 2008, sees the city council’s community response team, police and park rangers patrolling parks.
Gus Bianchini, chairman of Horspath Road Area Residents and Tenants Association (HART), is also concerned.
The Mini engineer said: “I’m disappointed that people think they can just dump stuff. We have got good co-operation with the council, but this problem is becoming very frequent. When I look at what has been dumped, it gives the impression that it’s someone who is cleaning out a room.
“I don’t think it’s ordinary folk doing it. It looks like items cleared from rented accommodation.”
He added that he has seen flytipping in another alleyway near the David Lloyd Gym by Eastern By-Pass Road.
Lye Valley Labour councillor Pat Kennedy said: “There is a problem with flytipping. The key thing is to educate people that they can receive fines for it.
“It’s sometimes possible to identify the people who have done it such as when someone has left a name tag in the clothes.”
The issue will be discussed at future monthly HART meetings. Call Mr Timbs on 07768 205874 for more details.
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