Alley gates plans to thwart fly-tippers in Darwen

A BACK alley in an area branded ‘a slum’ by a local councillor could be set for alley gates.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has unveiled plans to install gates behind numbers 1 to 47 Preston Street and 4 to 50 Snape Street in Darwen.

In February, Sudell councillor Roy Davies said the area had been turned into a ‘slum’ by some people living in the area who continued to fly-tip in the alleys.

The previous year, Coun Davies labelled the next alley along, between Preston Street and Lloyd Street, the ‘dirtiest in the borough’, and the alley has since been gated.

Councillors have hailed the plans to extend the programme of gating alleys in the area as a step in the right direction.

Coun Davies said: “It may not stop fly-tipping in that street but at least we will know then if it is the people who live there dumping rubbish.

“They do have their drawbacks, such as people being forced to walk their dogs in the front street, but I think gates are a good thing.”

Coun Paul Browne, who lives in nearby Greenway Street, said: “It is about time they did that one. We can find out who the real culprits are now.

“That alley keeps getting dumped in. I went for a paper on Saturday morning and it was full of all sorts of rubbish.

“I just don’t understand the mentality of these people who want to dump rubbish on their own doorsteps.”

A design and access statement submitted with the plans said: “The access to the alleyway for vehicles, cycles and pedestrians will be via the gate which is only accessible by a key issued to residents, owner-occupiers and Blackburn with Darwen Council staff, their representatives and utilities.”

Residents in the area are invited to comment on the proposal.

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1:04pm Wed 11 Dec 13

The Real Mr Angry says...

You don't have to spend several thousand pounds just to put the councilors mind at rest so that he knows exactly who it is that is dumping the rubbish in the first place.

Gates will push the fly tippers all the way to the next street is all and the dog owners will now not pick up their dog mess on the front street where it will most likely get trodden into peoples houses!

Spend the money instead on CCTV and prosecute offenders for the costs of cleaning the streets. Then make it okay to actually dump rubbish at the local tip without some jobsworth saying 'you can't dump that sort of rubbish here' or you have too many wheels on your trailer! deal with it properly at the tip! Charging to tip rubbish is great if you don't have the shady elements or society trying to ave a few quid by dumping it in alleys or peoples drives.

Also make people aware that the council will take things like fridges, three piece suites and even black bags of rubbish freely up to three times a year if counted and listed.

This is what you should be doing to fix the problem.
You don't have to spend several thousand pounds just to put the councilors mind at rest so that he knows exactly who it is that is dumping the rubbish in the first place. Gates will push the fly tippers all the way to the next street is all and the dog owners will now not pick up their dog mess on the front street where it will most likely get trodden into peoples houses! Spend the money instead on CCTV and prosecute offenders for the costs of cleaning the streets. Then make it okay to actually dump rubbish at the local tip without some jobsworth saying 'you can't dump that sort of rubbish here' or you have too many wheels on your trailer! deal with it properly at the tip! Charging to tip rubbish is great if you don't have the shady elements or society trying to ave a few quid by dumping it in alleys or peoples drives. Also make people aware that the council will take things like fridges, three piece suites and even black bags of rubbish freely up to three times a year if counted and listed. This is what you should be doing to fix the problem. The Real Mr Angry

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