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Fly-tippers leave 'disgusting mess' outside Walsall home

By Gurdip Thandi | Walsall | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

This is the huge pile of waste that was dumped in the front garden of a Walsall house.

A huge pile of rubbish was dumped outside a house in Chantry Avenue in Blakenall. PIC: Walsall Labour

It is believed fly-tippers drove on to Chantry Avenue in Blakenall with a truck at around 5.30am on Tuesday and unloaded the contents on to the drive of the property which is currently empty.

Owners Walsall Housing Group (whg) said the house had been “abandoned” earlier this year and they only gained access to it earlier this month.

The social housing provider said the mess was cleared within 48 hours but Blakenall councillor Matt Ward reiterated previous calls he has made for fly-tippers to be jailed for the crime.

He said: “I’m grateful to whg for acting so quickly to remove this disgusting mess. It was just dumped on that property.

“I couldn’t imagine waking up, opening the curtains and seeing that awful mess. Who would do something like that? It was obviously from a house clearance or commercial dumping.

“It looks as if a truck has backed on to the front garden, lifted the tail up and just left it all before driving off. It’s just terrible.

“We usually find these are those who offer to clear waste for cheap or those doing cash-in-hand work who then drop it like this.

“Hopefully there was evidence in there and they can be taken to court and give them the harshest punishment possible.

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“It’s not fair on residents. I’ve said it before, fly-tippers should face jail and it’s a nightmare. We shouldn’t have to keep cleaning up after other people and why should people living by have to put up with it.

Robert Hughes, whg housing services manager, said: “The majority of our customers take a great deal of pride in their homes and communities and we share their frustrations at the selfish actions of the few.

“We always take the issue of fly-tipping very seriously and deal with any reports as quickly as possible to ensure a safe and clean environment for everyone.

“The property in question was abandoned in May, and we gained access to it at the start of July. The fly-tipping was reported to us on the 28th and was removed within 48 hours.”

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Walsall Council confirmed it had received a complaint about the incident and urged people who witness fly-tipping to call the police or the council.

A spokesman said: “Fly-tippers are an absolute blight on our communities and the environment.

“As council tax payers, clearing up rubbish across the borough costs us all money – we spent nearly £500,000 last year clearing up and disposing of illegally fly-tipped waste.

“We want to hold these people to account. If you see someone in the act of fly-tipping large amounts of waste please call 999.”

Gurdip Thandi

By Gurdip Thandi
@Gurdo

Local Democracy Reporter covering Walsall.

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