Tuesday 13 June 2006 5.38pm
This is a tricky one and I do sympathise with you I would hate it. But if I or someone else dumped stuff in my front garden (if I had one) I wouldn't expect the council and ultimately you as council tax payers to pay to come and remove it. As my land I would be responsible, annoying though it may be.
Hang on! What you're saying is that when some scumbag decides they can't be bothered to take their old junk/building and DIY waste etc. to the tip themselves OR contact the Council and have them collect it for free for disposal, and decides instead that they'll dump it anywhere other than outside their own front door (i.e. fly tip), you - as the victim of this anti-social activity (actually, I think it might even be a crime) - should also have to pick up the tab for cleaning up? On that basis, my managing agent's bill (all of which would be reclaimed through the service charge) would already amount to SEVERAL HUNDRED ús this year because something is dumped at least once a week in our "private" street. (In fact, if you weren't too choosy about where your furniture and appliances have been, you could kit out a small home with the assortment of household goods which appeared as if by magic in the last four weeks or so.) In an ideal world, the miscreant would be cleaning it up (or paying for it to be cleaned up); actually, in an ideal world, they wouldn't have dumped it in the first place. However, in the real world, when the Council explicitly charges me and my neighbours (through the Council Tax) to provide the clean-up service, but then with-holds that service from us because we live on "private land", something is NOT RIGHT. It's like the BBC charging you for a TV license and then saying you can't have BBC2 unless you pay again (only the people down the road CAN have BBC2 for the original license fee because they live on "BBC land").
Actually Jac, if someone did dump rubbish in your metaphorical garden, you could phone the Council as an individual householder, pretend it's yours, and they'd come and remove it for free. It's "private", multiple occupancy residences which are screwed, unless the owner lives on site.
Apologies for the rant, but it is so depressing (and embarrassing, when you have visitors) to have to walk past a pile of other people's cr*p every day.