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GP 'could cry' after fly-tippers target Willenhall surgery

By Jordan Reynolds | Willenhall | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A GP, who is also working for the Walsall Covid-19 Assessment Hub, said he "could cry" after arriving at work to see rubbish fly-tipped on the surgery car park.

Fly tipping outside New Invention Health Centre. Photo: Dr Stephen Manning

Dr Stephen Manning arrived at New Invention Health Centre in Willenhall just before 8am today to find about a third of the staff car park was covered in litter.

He posted images online and condemned the fly-tippers saying the workers are already "stretched past breaking point".

New Invention Health Centre. Photo: Google

Dr Manning posted on Facebook saying: "Has come to work today and could really cry.

"How can people stand out clapping the NHS last week and then when are stretched past breaking point and putting ourselves in harm's way come and fly tip on our surgeries?

"This is New Invention Health Centre this morning. Now we have to waste precious time dealing with this before we have health hazards from rotting waste."

Fly tipping outside New Invention Health Centre. Photo: Dr Stephen Manning

He added: "At 7.55am I arrived at the surgery to start my normal day and I saw this.

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"It's in our staff car park, it's taking about a third of the space.

Fly tipping outside New Invention Health Centre. Photo: Dr Stephen Manning

"We managed to work it out, we had staff parking in our patient's area as we have to do a lot of telephone triage so there was room.

"As well as doing the normal work at the surgery I'm working at the Walsall Covid-19 Assessment Hub, you can really do without it.

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"Staff morale hasn't been good today.

Fly tipping outside New Invention Health Centre. Photo: Dr Stephen Manning

"We spoke to the council first thing this morning and we were advised it's private land so they can't help.

"We got on to a private contractor who does our building work and they said they will bring a skip in the morning, but the council has now said they could help, but we've already got the skip coming which isn't going to be cheap."

A spokesman for Walsall Council said: “It is the responsibility of the owner of land to clear any waste that is fly tipped on their land. However, we recognise the impact such illegal activity can have on front line health services during the current emergency and Our Clean and Green team will try to support if they can.

"If evidence is found we will not hesitate to prosecute, it is totally irresponsible to be putting additional pressure on everyone involved at this particular time.”

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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