Disgust at new fly-tipping spot in Bexhill alleyway

Fly tipping down alleyway off Western Road, Bexhill.''L-R Keith Hillman and Michael Noonan. SUS-170215-135042001
Fly tipping down alleyway off Western Road, Bexhill.''L-R Keith Hillman and Michael Noonan. SUS-170215-135042001

An alleyway in Bexhill town centre being used for fly-tipping is an eyesore and affecting businesses, according to residents.

The privately-owned lane next to MyHealth Mobility on Western Road is meant to be just for bins, but all sorts of mess from mattresses to kettles is being dumped there.

The iron gates are rarely locked meaning people can leave their unwanted waste as they please, upsetting residents and shoppers alike.

Michael Noonan, of Sackville Road, said he reported it to the council weeks ago but nothing has been done, as the council say it is not its responsibility to remove waste from private land.

“It’s a terrible blotch on the landscape, it seems to be growing by the week,” he said.

“The two iron gates are supposed to be locked but no one bothered with the lock as people come and go and leave it half open so it’s nothing for people to leave their rubbish in there.

“You won’t be able to get out of the gates soon.

“Is this what we have to put up with in a shopping area?

“Everyone moans about it but no one does anything about it – it’s disgusting.”

Mr Noonan said the fly-tipping is putting people off going to the adjacent hairdressers, and a relative of his who visited recently said it was disgusting, so he wants something done about it.

A Rother District Council spokesman said it would look into what can be done.

“If we receive a report of fly-tipping we will always visit the scene to identify whether it’s on private or public land and to gather any evidence regarding where the items left originated from,” the spokesman said.

“We are aware of the passage in question, which is on private land.

“It would not normally be the council’s responsibility to remove waste from private land.

“However, we understand that this is a matter of concern for residents and will be making some more enquiries to establish whether further action might be appropriate under powers the council has under the Town and Country Planning Act.”

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