Dismay over fly-tipping menace

Jeanie Sowerby with some of the rubbish piled behind the shops in The Broadway in Hampden Park. 30th October 2012 E44185N
Jeanie Sowerby with some of the rubbish piled behind the shops in The Broadway in Hampden Park. 30th October 2012 E44185N

A resident is calling for CCTV to be put up after years of fly-tipping in her area.

Jeanie Sowerby said The Broadway in Hampden Park was regularly targeted by people leaving household rubbish, along with chairs, a bath, a mattress and other large items.

Mrs Sowerby, who lives in nearby Meadowlands Avenue, said the problem is an on-going one, adding, “I’ve asked for the rubbish to be removed and it is taken away but more stuff is put back the next day.

“Items can lie around for two or three weeks before they are removed.

“We’ve had fridges, freezers, tables and chairs dumped.”

Mrs Sowerby, who is pictured at the problem area this week surrounded by an armchair, a bath tub and other junk, said she has asked environmental health at Eastbourne Borough Council to install a camera to catch the people responsible but was told money was not available.

The Hampden Park resident says she is now keen to speak to a local trader to see if they are able to support CCTV being installed in the area.

People guilty of the offence of fly-tipping can find themselves in court and receiving a fine or being sentenced to a prison term.

Earlier this year Eastbourne Borough Council prosecuted four offenders for fly-tipping.

The fines ranged from £50 to £350 and items dumped included a three-seater sofa found by a skip outside Treasure Island.

An article in last week’s Herald explained how a piece of land which often fell foul of fly-tippers was converted into a new car park.

The land next to Hampden Park Railway Station was given a new lease of life by railway firm Southern to ease parking problems by commuters in the village.

It was to encourage those using the train to park in it as opposed to leaving their cars outside shops all day.

Before it was converted the area was derelict, overgrown and out of character with the surrounding area.

Mrs Sowerby is keen for the area near her to also be turned around and is desperate for the problem to be resolved.

She added, “We’re cheesed off and find we’re getting a raw deal.

“People are keeping their eyes and ears open for people doing this and if we see anyone we’re going to take details and report them.

“Without CCTV being installed we’re fighting a losing battle.”

A spokesman for Eastbourne Borough Council said, “The council’s cleansing team has previously cleared rubbish away from this location and will continue to monitor the situation in The Broadway.

“We are always grateful when members of the public alert us to incidents of fly-tipping and thank Mrs Sowerby on this occasion.

“It is through the vigilance of residents, acting as our eyes and ears, rather than CCTV, that this type of anti-social behaviour can be effectively dealt with.

“Wherever possible the council will prosecute fly-tippers.

“If we identify an individual from information contained in the rubbish, action can and will be taken.”

Residents can contact their local council about fly-tipped waste on: roads, pavements or lay-bys; parks and grass verges and council car parks.

For more information about fly tipping visit the website:

http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/environment/environmentalhealth/flytipping/default.htm