A Birmingham street is laying claim to one of the city’s most dubious honours – as one of Birmingham’s worst flytipping hotspots.
Colonial Road in Bordesley Green is littered with filth every day, long-suffering residents say. They claim that, no sooner is rubbish cleared up, it is replaced by a new mountain of waste.
There are even claims the site has been fly-tipped every day for nearly a decade, while BirminghamLive has seen emails reporting the problem dating back to 2015. Birmingham City Council said it was working flat-out to tackle the problem but the real issue was those who thought it was OK to dump their rubbish on the streets.
One local resident has photographed the routine dumping of rubbish. They told BirminghamLive: “The location has been fly-tipped every day for years. As soon as it is cleared bags of rubbish appear within hours.”
Another said: “I see this happen every time, they throw the rubbish and the council keeps removing it.”
Ali Akbar runs waste management group Waste Warriors, working in areas like Bordesley Green and Small Heath. He told BirminghamLive: “It’s a serious health and safety issue and causes germs and smells.”
Labour councillor for Heartlands, Shafique Shah told BirminghamLive: “Part of the problem is tenants living above the shops are not provided with bins that can be collected by the council on the normal Wednesday collection.
“We have a problem of vans and cars stopping and fly-tipping at this spot.
“The council has, on several occasions, spoken to tenants above the shops and has provided them with special bags, so that their rubbish can be identified.
“It would be useful to have CCTV installed for a while and residents encouraged to report anyone they see fly-tipping.”
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “Fly-tipping harms where we all have to live and work – and is carried out by environmental criminals that have no regard for our neighbourhoods or their well-being.
“Put quite simply, we share the concerns of residents, but the council does not dump waste on the streets. Irresponsible people do.
“We know cleaner, greener, streets are a top priority for people in this city and that is why £7.2million extra is being invested into street scene services this year, including specific initiatives for the top six hotspot Wards including Bordesley Green and new redeployable CCTV cameras that can be located in hotspots across the city.
“We investigate incidents and where we have evidence that meets the legal threshold, we do not hesitate to prosecute, as demonstrated in the past by many court cases covered by the Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Live.
“Only last month there was coverage of a case in which we secured a conviction against a dumper of telephone directories in Bordesley Green.
“But as stated, to prosecute we need reports and evidence and the most effective way to do this is to contact our Waste Enforcement Team directly. Anyone with any information on any fly-tipping in Birmingham should give details via www.birmingham.gov.uk/flytipping.”
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