Manchester streets are beginning to look more like rubbish dumps
Wed 01 Aug 2018
Manchester now has reportedly, one of the worst fly tipping problems of any city in the UK, the Manchester Evening News can reveal. There has been an upsurge of complaints by 40 per cent over the last three and a half years. While some other cities and the country as a whole have seen moderate rises in that time, Manchester has far out-stripped them. The Town Hall’s only opposition councillor has blamed changes to the city’s bin collections although the council’s neighbourhood boss says it is down to more effective reporting procedures.
Numerous people pointed to a particular site at the junction of Whitecarr Lane and Roaring Gate Lane in Wythenshawe, as well as a vacant plot off Whitby Road in Fallowfield. But black-spots were cited all over the city, from student-heavy neighbourhoods in Withington, ginnels around Levenshulme and streets in Newton Heath, Blackley and west Didsbury. Huge piles of rubbish have been dumped near Yew Tree Road in Moss Side as well as a fridge in the middle of the pavement. Many Levenshulme residents pointed to problems off the A6 and around the station, particularly in alleyways.
Manchester Council now receives more than 50 fly-tipping complaints per 1,000 residents each year, compared to just 5 in Newcastle, 12 in Birmingham, 20 in Bristol and Leeds and around 18 nationally. Nearly 300 businesses have been prosecuted in the last two years for environmental crime including a man handed a suspended prison sentence along with more than 7,000 fixed penalty notices.
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