Hawkinge rubble toil and trouble

Contributed by editor on Feb 03, 2006 - 09:17 PM


A pile of builders’ rubble and a collection of old tyres dumped at the entrance to a field in Hawkinge have been cleared by Shepway Council’s Handyman Service.

This is all in a normal day’s work for Terry Smith and Michael Clarke  – the council’s ‘handyman’ team which works throughout the district o­n a range of jobs – from tidying flowerbeds and painting walls to removing fly-tipped rubbish.

The site in Standen Lane is a fly-tipping ‘hot spot’ and following the latest clean-up the council is warning that offenders will be prosecuted.  The Handy-man team works closely with the officers of the council’s pollution team to investigate and prosecute people who fly-tip or drop litter.

In the last few months, Terry and Michael have removed graffiti from road signs, repaired footpaths and potholes, collected a dumped washing machine from a car park and picked up a bath left in an alleyway in Ashley Avenue,

But much of their time is spent clearing litter and fly-tipped rubbish. The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is £50,000 or five years imprisonment and Cllr Shirley Newlands, Cabinet Member for the Environment, warns that the council will prosecute.

“Obviously people who dump their rubbish will do it when no-one is around. But if we can get any evidence and trace them we will not hesitate to prosecute. We would ask anyone who sees rubbish being dumped to report it to us straight away. Vehicle registration numbers would be particularly useful.�

“There is no excuse for fly-tipping, the council already has a free bulky household waste collection service for larger items like washing machines and householders can take other items to the Civic Amenity Sites at Hawkinge and Ross Way.�
“The council is working hard to make Shepway cleaner, greener and safer but we cannot do it by ourselves. We need the goodwill of the people of the district and we would appeal to everyone to act responsibly.

“To request a free bulky waste collection or report fly-tippers, please call us o­n 01303 858660.â€?