Council asked to help with perhaps the worst example of rubbish dumping in Kettering I’ve seen

By Mick Scrimshaw on March 23, 2017

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These photos have been passed on to me by a member of the public. They were taken behind Kettering General Hospital and I’m not sure if this is on publically owned council land or technically the hospital’s private property, but either way it needs to be dealt with.

I have been getting more and more frustrated over the last few years about both fly tipping and the amount of rubbish being dumped on an around our streets, but this is the worst example so far I have come across.

Obviously this has now been urgently reported to the Council and I am hoping they are able to clear it up. I’ve also asked for their views about what may have caused this area to become such a dumping ground, and if any mitigating action can be suggested to reduce the likelihood of it happening again.

Initially my Borough Councillor colleague Keli Watts suggested we get stuck-in ourselves and try to raise a team of willing volunteers to engage in a community clean-up which is what we’ve done several times in the past when faced with similar problems. Although I love her enthusiasm I wonder if on this occasion the sheer scale of the task might call for a more robust response.

Keli and I met recently with the senior manager at the Council who deals with these sorts of issues to discuss how improvements could be made. Following that meeting we put forward proposals in the Labour Group’s Alternative Budget to free up more money to deal with this sort of thing. We wanted to give freedom to Council Officers to respond to these issues more quickly and increase street cleaning. We also wanted them to be able do more to either educate the public or start a campaign to help keep our clean up.

In my speech when delivering the Labour Group's Alternative Budget I made the point that it is not the Council’s fault that people drop litter and that it is the fault of the people that drop it in the first place. I did however say that it is the Council’s responsibility to clear it up for the benefit of the rest of us.

Personally I’d like the Council to run some kind of "Clean-up Kettering" campaign, perhaps along side of larger efforts to get people to take pride in their town.

Those proposals were unfortunately rejected on that occasion but we have not given up on trying to persuade the administration to do more to enhance their service in this area and will continue to call for improvements.

You can see the images of the site below.

Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.

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