Grantham Journal Column: Fly-tipping and litter cost us a staggering £1 million every year

Councillor Mike Cook.
Councillor Mike Cook.
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Local newspapers are all about local issues and that’s why I want to use this column to talk about things that matter in Grantham and hot topics in my wards.

The thing that irritates most people I speak to is litter and fly-tipping. Almost everywhere you go you can see evidence that proves that some people think it’s perfectly acceptable to throw takeaway food containers out of car windows, dump drinks cans in the street or drop sweet wrappers so they can blow about in the wind. It’s not.

Nor is it ok to dump an old three-piece suite or cooker in a hedge bottom. Fly-tipping is just as unacceptable. Clearing up littering and fly-tipping in South Kesteven costs the council a staggering £1 million a year. Just think what improvements we could make if we had that kind of money to spend.

Next on the list is parking. Not that old chestnut of whether council car parks should be free - ours are some of the cheapest in the country - the complaint I get regularly is about people parking without consideration for others.

The worst offence is people who park their car so that it blocks a driveway and householders can’t get access to their own property. I’ve even heard of people not being able to go out for several hours because their drive has been blocked by an inconsiderate parker.

Needless to say, when the culprit turned up he got a piece of the home owner’s mind. I wouldn’t necessarily condone this, but I understand it! So I guess the moral of the story is when you are parking please have consideration for others.

And the last moan that people have been bending my ear about is Police Community Support Officers. When they were introduced we were told that they would be working closely with local people. Can anyone tell me how you can do that from inside a car?

I’ve raised this with the police and have been told that PCSOs only use cars when they are attending incidents in rural areas. All I can say is that there must be an awful lot of crime and unrest in our local villages!

As a final note, people often ask me for help with things that are county council functions rather than district council ones. Roads and schools would be top of the list but there are many more.

I can fully understand how people get so confused by which council does what and I am happy to point them in the right direction. Our customer services staff at the district council are happy to help, so if in doubt please give them a call on 01476 406080 or email customerservices@south
kesteven.gov.uk