Businessman frustrated with council's failure to tackle fly-tipping behind his Norton premises (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Businessman frustrated with council's failure to tackle fly-tipping behind his Norton premises
A BUSINESSMAN is calling on the council to sort out fly-tipping that is blighting the rear premises despite repeated calls for help.
Glynn Dalby has been left frustrated by Stockton Borough Council’s refusal to remove rubbish from the back alley unless he foots the bill or removes it himself.
However, the council maintains it has tried to identify the culprit and prosecute them but does not remove rubbish from private land.
The 51-year-old, who has run Dacrylate Paint on Norton High Street for 15 years, said: “For several months now I have had a problem with rubbished being dumped at the rear of the building, I have my suspicions where it is coming from but I can’t prove it.
“There has been bags of building material, bags full of household rubbish and even a bag full of straw from a rabbit’s hutch left outside the building, but every time I contact the council they say there is nothing they can do unless I pay for it.
“The only other alternative that they come up with is that I remove myself but I have a liveried van and would have to pay to use a recycling facility and why should I do that when it’s not my rubbish?
“I’m fed up with it and want the council to sort it out. They have been out and had a rummage through the rubbish but they don’t seem to want to do anything unless they get paid.”
Councillor Steve Nelson, the council’s cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “We do appreciate the distress that fly-tipping incidents like this can cause and that’s why we do everything in our power to find the people responsible and prosecute them.
“Unfortunately, the Council is not able to fund the removal of the waste from private land, however we always work closely with landowners to explain how they can arrange for the waste to be removed through the Council or a private provider.”
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