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Council taken to task over litter

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:57 05 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT resident has taken council officials to task over an "appalling" litter and rubbish problem in the north of the town.

Mark Shepherd said during the past five years there has not been a month where he has not called Waveney District Council about Arnold's Bequest, just off the High Street.

A LOWESTOFT resident has taken council officials to task over an “appalling” litter and rubbish problem in the north of the town.

Mark Shepherd said during the past five years there has not been a month where he has not called Waveney District Council about Arnold's Bequest, just off the High Street.

He said the debris on the approach to the park was terrible and despite being promised “a good clear up” many times by cleansing officials it has failed to happen.

He added: “I have had several emails promising that the bins to Beacon House will be properly sorted (they usually lie all over the place). I have also called about the poor paths and increasingly large holes in them and what about the elder trees falling over.”

He said he found it even more “disgusting” that this area was only a few hundred yards from the Town Hall.

“What do we pay our council tax for? What about the basic services, where have they gone?”

A spokesman for Waveney Council said they clear up Arnolds Bequest on a regular basis and clean litter from the footways every Friday.

“In addition, we are aware of the ongoing issue with the refuse bins from Beacon House and have taken action to resolve the situation.

“The bins were removed from the public footpath about six months ago to overcome the problem of residents leaving them out after collection and to discourage people from leaving side waste and adding to the problem.

“Meetings have been held with the owners of the property and assurances have been given that once they have completed work to the rear of Beacon House, all the bins will remain at the back of the flats.

“In the meantime, it was agreed to place the bins on the slope leading to the rear of Beacon House. While placing the bins on a sloping surface is not ideal, it is the best available solution in the interim.”

The spokesman said they were not aware of any issues with elders, but some small elms had been risk assessed and will be dealt with in due course.

However, due to their position they have not been assessed as high priority. The paths in that area are currently being dealt with as part of an ongoing maintenance programme.

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