The Grimsby street where truck-load of waste is dumped every week

Welcome to the Grimsby street where a maggot-infested waste is dumped every week in front of fly-tipping warning signs and a CCTV camera. Nearly a tonne of fly-tipped rubbish was picked up from regular dumping grounds in just one morning yesterday. One alleyway entrance on Wharton Street, on Grimsby’s West Marsh has a warning sign not to dump.

But each week a truck load of maggot-infested rubbish is dumped, according to residents right under the view of a CCTV camera. North East Lincolnshire Council says an investigation is underway.

North East Lincolnshire Council fly-tipping team operatives, Barry Riddiford, left, and Karl Chandler, clear up the huge amount of household waste which has been dumped in Wharton Street, Grimsby

The street cleansing team picking up the rubbish had earlier cleared dumped waste from Haycroft Street, and recycling points at Sainsbury’s, Scartho and Sutcliffe Avenue. It was estimated around 150kg of dumped waste was collected at each place.

On Wharton Street, a trampoline, lawnmower, wooden table, sofa, baby seat and a Dunelm trolley were recovered from the roadside. The usual practice is for all the waste to taken to North East Lincolnshire Council Doughty Road compound to be segregated and checked for any evidence of who may be responsible.

The Grimsby street where truck-load of waste is dumped every weekNorth East Lincolnshire Council recycling point near to the Sainsbury’s superstore, in Grimsby after the rubbish was cleared

Any dumped fridges, freezers or TVs are taken to the Gilbey Road recycling centre, Grimsby. One Wharton Road businessman said: “There is a camera overlooking it but they never appear to catch anyone.”

He added: “This has been going on for years and still nothing is done about it.” Another businessman who has steel shutters on his door after it being set alight repeatedly, said: “Rubbish is regularly dumped at the entrance to the alleyway. But it has never come across my door before.

Whoever is doing it, knows nothing will be done to them, so they just carry on. “The only way it is going to stop is if the cameras catch them and they are prosecuted. “The staff having to clear it up all the time must hate it.

They will be sick of doing this every week. But as quickly as they get it cleared there is another load by the end of the week. It is unbelievable.”

The Grimsby street where truck-load of waste is dumped every weekThe council CCTV camera on Wharton Street, Grimsby

A shopkeeper said: “It is horrible for my customers to have to walk past it.

It spoils the street. It is such a let down.” He added: “They think it is an ideal spot to tip the rubbish.

They start it off and then someone adds a couple of bags and then everyone joins in.” A Wharton Street resident said: “There are cameras but it looks as if it is pointing to the floor, but it should be at the alleyway.  If they pointed it in the right direction they might catch someone.” Earlier this year NELC prosecuted a flytipper who was fined GBP650 for dumping rubbish at The Fitties.

There was also a prosecution of a man for flytipping at a lay-by off Hewitt’s Avenue.

The Grimsby street where truck-load of waste is dumped every weekNorth East Lincolnshire Council fly-tipping team operatives clear up the huge amount of household waste which has been dumped in Wharton Street, Grimsby

Ward councillor for the West Marsh, Karl Wilson said he had reported the latest incident to council officers. ” I have residents that directly inform me and the clearing gets done pretty quickly. “However the camera that we requested for this hotspot has not resulted in a prosecution as far as I’m aware.”

He added: “The residents get plenty of help in the clearing of fly-tipping. However there seems to be very little discouragement in the form of prosecutions. I asked a question at the last Full Council, about how many prosecutions there have been from these sort of cameras, and was promised an answer in writing, which has not been forth-coming.”

Willows resident, Keith Watkin said: “The cameras were put up to deter people from flytipping and catch those responsible. But they don’t appear to be doing the job.” Last month East Marsh  councillor Steve Beasant complained when a CCTV camera erected to catch flytippers red-handed, had proved useless after failing to spot culprits.

The flytipping hotspot had been reported 40 times.

The Grimsby street where truck-load of waste is dumped every weekThe bring-to recycling point behind shops on The Willows

A North East Lincolnshire Council spokeswoman said: “Fly-tipping hotspots are monitored through CCTV and by officer patrols. Recent monitoring in relation to fly-tipping in Wharton Street, Grimsby, has resulted in an investigation which is ongoing. “In the last 18 months, the environmental enforcement team has prosecuted seven individuals for waste-related offences, including fly-tipping.

In a number of these cases, the council’s CCTV and signage was used to act as a deterrent. “Our team is working on a number of ongoing fly-tipping investigations relating to general fly-tipping and bring-to site misuse that could lead to prosecutions based on our CCTV cameras. ” She added: “To report fly-tipping, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/flytipping and give as much information as possible.

Alternatively, call 01472 326300.”

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