Doncaster councillor criticises different tip opening hours and calls fly-tipping reporting system ‘totally useless’

A councillor has criticised opening hours at tips across Doncaster and said the reporting system for elected officials was ‘poor’ in a discussion about rising incidents of fly-tipping.
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Finningley councillor Richard Allan Jones told environment director Dan Swaine he tried to take some waste to the tip only to find two of them were closed on arrival.

Coun Jones said he couldn’t access tips at Balby and Rossington and had to drive to Armthorpe which he described as ‘packed out with people’.

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The Conservative councillor also said the fly-tipping reporting system for elected officials was ‘horrendous and totally useless’.

Stock picture of fly tipping in Doncaster. Picture: Marie CaleyStock picture of fly tipping in Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley
Stock picture of fly tipping in Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley

Latest figures show there was a 36 per cent increase in fly-tipping incidents in just three months from October to December and it left workers with a backlog of over 1,000 cases.

“Recently, I wanted to take some rubbish to my local tip from Sprotbrough so I went to Broomhouse Lane and that was shut. I then went to Rossington and that was shut. Eventually, I went to Armthorpe and it was open but it was packed out with people,” Coun Jones said.

“We’re looking at certain things but we certainly are not looking at people being able to recycle with ease in the borough.

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“The examples I send out about local flytipping in my area, again the communications and the system that we use is horrendous.

“It’s totally useless, to some extent, because we got rid of a system where councillors could report counsellors online. We got rid of the system that we’ve got now is just very poor.

“We’re not giving people the opportunity to do this properly and I don’t believe the number of fines that we issue in this present in time is sufficient enough to get people to take notice of.”

Mr Swaine said: “It’s a good point that’s been raised about the councillor’s online reporting system and we are reviewing that at the moment. I think we do need, we do need to look at and it’s timely to do so.

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“If we have a shift in people’s behaviour, we may need to look at when they open, why they open and how they open because you’re right.

“The reality is if you take it to one site, you don’t want to make it any harder for people to legitimately dispose of rubbish, otherwise they will go and put it somewhere illegitimately.”


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