Heaps of fly-tipping found at former Sheffield working men’s club
A Sheffield councillor who was shocked to find the site of a former working men’s club covered in heaps of rubbish is now calling on the site owners to clear the mess up.
Councillor Terry Fox, who represents the Manor Castle ward, discovered the waste at the back of the former Park and Arbourthorne club, on City Road.
A resident told him of the fly-tipping during a surgery at Manor Top, so he went to investigate.
He found several fridges, a Christmas tree, desk chairs, rubbish bags and a grit salt box among piles of other litter. Above the rubbish he also saw a smashed window.
Coun Fox said it had likely been in this state for weeks.
He said: “A resident raised the issue of fly-tipping at my surgery so I came to have a look at it myself – there’s got to be half a dozen fridges dumped here.
“I’ll be reporting it to Environmental Services and the owners of the site to get it cleaned up and hopefully get redevelopment sorted.”
Fly-tipping is illegal and classed as a serious criminal offence. Those found guilty of it can be jailed for up to five years or face an unlimited fine.
Councils can also give a fixed penalty notice to culprits with a minimum of £120 but these can be up to £400 – this is an alternative to going to court, which saves the council and taxpayer money in the long run.
In 2016-17 the cost of clearing fly-tipped rubbish cost councils £58 million.
There are five recycling centres in Sheffield for people to take their waste. Visit www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield/recycling-sites/recycling-sites/household-waste-recycling-centres for details.
See www.sheffield.gov.uk/content/forms/af/roads-pavements/report-fly-tipping.html to report fly-tipping.