Fly-tipping condemned as an ‘absolute scourge’ during Covid lockdown

Household furniture can on occasions turn up in Ballymena town centre.

FLY-TIPPING during the Covid lockdown period has been an “absolute scourge”.

That was a comment from Ballymena TUV councillor Matthew Armstrong.

He said one area where the problem was particularly bad was Tullygarley.

At Tullygarley, the councillor said, Council staff had been called out to the same locations “on a number of occasions”.

He asked Mid & East Antrim Borough Council if there was more they could do to stop people dumping “household rubbish” on roadside verges and in people’s laneways and fields.

Cllr Armstrong said it must be costing the council a “considerable” amount of money in clearing up such sites.

He added: “There are laneways in the town centre where household goods, en masse…beds, sofas, you name it…just thrown out because half times they know that nobody is going to bat an eyelid because the Council come down, throw it in the back of the truck, get rid of it, and nobody will say another word about it.”

The councillor continued: “The only way people will stop doing it is if they know somebody is going to come after them”.

Council’s Director of Operations Philip Thompson said the reports of fly-tipping in Mid & East Antrim were lower than other council areas.

He told the meeting: “In some ways that was down to the fact that as a Council we pushed on and opened up our Household Recycling Centres and that was a very positive move…and that had an impact on the amount of fly-tipping.”

He added that where the Council had evidence about fly-tipping staff would deal with it “robustly”.

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