Blowing in the Wind

Blowing in the Wind

‘Blowing in the wind’ today, how did you all go on with the violent wind and rain we had through this week? Our house was creaking and groaning, just like me! We get so used to the winds here that you sort of think here we go again. I was glad when it started to drop a bit on Tuesday, especially as it was shopping day. On Monday we went to The Venue for our lunch, which we normally do after a beach clean.

The beach clean that wasn't, as the cleaners were blowing in the wind!
The beach clean that wasn’t, as the cleaners were blowing in the wind!

Only there wasn’t a beach clean, due to the high winds, cold and rain. Instead they tried to go for a walk as it was still a lovely morning, got as far as Rossall School and got blown back by the wind and foam!

It still didn’t put us off from our lunchtime treat though, we must be made of hardy stuff. As I’m not exactly tall and overweight, I got outside their doors and the wind started to blow me down Carr Gate. I was hanging on for dear life as it literally was knocking me down the road. That would have been a laugh, the sight of me roly-polying down Carr Gate, wouldn’t it now!

Rubbish Blowing in the Wind

Talking of things blowing in the wind, I read an article in the paper this week about fly tipping, the scourge of places all over the country.

Article about fly tipping in the local paper
Article about fly tipping in the local paper

We get our fair share here might I add, and after reading the article I realised that fly tipping is well and truly alive on the Fylde Coast.

It seems that the fly tippers aren’t content any more with getting rid of fridges, TV’s and the like and are going for a wider range of even more horrible things. Asbestos is even being found dumped, this was an incident on Green Drive here in Cleveleys, back in 2016.

Fly tipped asbestos in Cleveleys in 2016
Fly tipped asbestos in Cleveleys in 2016

Dumped pets

Apparently they find dead rotting animals too, which made me wonder what sort of people they are that can dump their pets in such a way. It’s not something I would do that’s for certain. Imagine having shared your home with a pet and then just dumping it when it dies. It’s almost as though they say that’s another piece of rubbish to get rid of.

Sadly, most people get away with it and did you know that 3,568 incidents were lodged with the council last year and only 1,411 were investigated. Just 442 warning letters were sent to the offenders.

There were 14 fixed penalty notices and nine prosecutions that resulted in taxpayers having a bill of £320,000 a year. There were 209 white goods dumped, six involving asbestos and thirteen instances involving tyres, what that was I don’t know, as it left me wondering what do they do with a stack of tyres. Bin bags with rubbish were dumped 391 times and electrical goods fifty one times.

What’s dumped where?

It was obvious from the amount of rubbish in each drop off whether cars, vans or lorries had been used.

Most of the rubbish was found to be tipped in the many back alleys in the town. Dickson Road seems to have had its fair share of fly tipping, and incidents stretching from Gynn Square to Talbot Road along with Francis Street off Dickson Road.

The trouble is the charges that you face for certain things when you go to a council tip. It encourages people to take a short cut and dump it somewhere. The council do offer a delivery and collection service of £19.50 for up to three bulky items and £6.50 for each additional one. If you can’t get rid of bulky things it’s worth paying, I think. There is nothing worse than seeing three piece suites and the like, just dumped on the streets.

What can you tip?

You don’t need a permit to get rid of wood, batteries and fluorescent tubes. Glass, clothes, scrap metal and hard plastics don’t need one either, so now you know what you can and can’t do. You have to get a permit if you are getting rid of hard core, rubble, plasterboard and the like. It’s £12.50 for a permit that allows residents to dump these once a month for a year. I don’t think that’s bad really do you.

I feel sorry for the farmers all over the country who constantly get fly tipping on their land as they end up paying thousands to get rid of it. I think it’s awful that through no fault of their own they end up paying the price. Wyre did issue warning letters, statutory notices and did hand out seven penalty notices for fly tipping and three for littering which doesn’t seem many for all the thousands of cases. Fylde Council received 641 complaints which were investigated, but no warning letters or statutory notices were given out, which to me gives the green light to carry on doing it.

Play your part

We all should report these people if we see them, take their registration numbers, the type of waste they are dumping such as how many bin bags or fridges etc. as it all helps to make a case stick. If toxic waste is dumped, ring the council who should clear it as a priority, obviously. We are all hearing the story of abolishing plastics and the harm they do and I think the ills of fly tipping should be drummed into people in the same way or the country would soon become covered in the stuff. I don’t know whether people are lazy, won’t pay or what it is, but they should stop or be stopped in my opinion!

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