A number of alleyways in Swindon town centre have become impassable due to fly-tipping.
Broadgreen – known as the town’s red-light district with women soliciting on Manchester Road and County Road most nights – has an ongoing issue with people dumping waste in the street.
“It’s residents. Without a doubt, it’s the residents”, one local homeowner told Wiltshire 999s’ news producer while he photographed the mess this morning.
Continuing, “They just can’t be bothered to take a trip to the tip, so they dump their rubbish out in the street. It’s disgusting and it’s starting to look like a third world country around here.”
A spokesperson for Swindon Borough Council further confirmed residents’ suspicions.
“Fly tipping in the Manchester Road area is a persistent problem and we believe the offences are mostly committed by residents living in the area”, they commented.
“When fly tipping is reported to us we attend to clear any waste that is on the publicly maintained highway and investigate whether there is any evidence linking the fly tipping to a person or business. We aim to remove all fly-tipping in 10 working days, however, most is cleared within 24 to 48 hours of it being reported.
“Fly-tipping is illegal and causes a lot of problems for people across the town, including significant cost to the tax payer.”
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