Resident’s fly-tipping plea

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A Scarborough pensioner has made a plea for someone to help him tackle an alleyway blighted for years by fly-tipping.

David Sharp, 70, of Cambridge Street, said that some of the rubbish has been there for at least 18 months.

Recently the problem has escalated, with people dumping larger items - including a sofa and fridge - making it a nightmare for residents trying to get their bins out.

Mr Sharp said: “I’ve lived here for 11 years and this has been happening for the last two.

“There’s no proof about where it’s coming from, but I think it’s disgusting.

“I’ve phoned the council so many times, but they said there’s nothing they can do as the alleyway is private.

“But it’s not gated - anyone can get in and dump rubbish. It’s a nice street but this is spoiling it.

“Nearly everyone who lives here is sick of it now. We just want someone to come and clear it.”

Paul Thompson, Scarborough Borough Council’s operations, transport and countryside manager, said: “The problems surrounding the management of private alleyways throughout Scarborough and indeed the rest of the UK are very complex. We have previously considered and tried different ideas to find a solution that works, but none of them have been sustainable in the longer term.

“Like other alleyways in the town, the one behind Cambridge Street is privately owned, with each property on the street owning a section of the alleyway.

“It should therefore be the collective responsibility of those living on the street to keep it clear.

“We are aware that this is in itself difficult, with some residents more willing or able than others to ‘do their bit’ and some residents actually dumping their own rubbish and unwanted goods there in the first place.

“In the past, we have cleared the alleyway and tried to recoup our costs for doing so from the individual households. Some paid and some didn’t. Due to the highly transient nature of the area, very often by the time the legal processes were in place to prosecute those that didn’t pay, they had moved elsewhere and new people had moved in.

“We therefore stopped the practice as the prosecutions proved virtually impossible and it was also unfair on those residents that acted responsibly.

“Equally, we cannot keep using the limited resources we have and council tax payers’ money to clear up privately owned land.”

The council is now starting to introduce community caretaker schemes, with a project currently being set up in Eastfield.