Reader's Letter: What a load of rubbish! Fly tipping at Heyes Lane

As a dog owner of coming up to twenty years I have enjoyed exercising my dog at Heyes Lane fields for much of that time.

In the last few years there has been increasingly frequent fly tipping of mainly houshold or garden rubbish and (just recently removed) builders rubble dumped on the layby on Heyes Lane opposite the field entrance.

Annoying as this is, and the expense incurred by East Cheshire on our behalf, recently offenders have been driving well on to the fields to also dump waste.

This has included houshold waste Inc wheelie bins and possibly catering waste of unknown type.

The pictures show no respect for blockage of the landowners vehicle access, or ingestion by scavenging pet dogs or wildlife.

You may be able to see from the photos, all kinds of waste including the wheelie bins themselves have been dumped near and in watercourses and right by a small pond undoubtedly used by wildlife.

I feel very privileged to be able to use this asset on foot but the landowner may feel that a padlocked gate near the road with hopefully an adjacent stile is now essential.

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Sam Cummings
Monday 12th February 2018 at 3:31 pm
People are, quite frankly, scum bags.
David Emmerson
Monday 12th February 2018 at 6:53 pm
Here's hoping there's some clues to whoever's rubbish has been dumped so they can be prosecuted. Brown bins amongst the debris as well so maybe a clue to where they have come from. Another reason not to get "door knockers" who say they'll remove rubbish for you because there's a chance it will end up disposed of as in the above pictures.
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 5:19 pm
Such a shame. I agree with all the above sentiments and would add that any folk who use thes scum "tippers" know that when there is only a mobile number on the online site (or other) for these folk then it is DODGY. These folk should have a landline or an address which leads to a reputable licensed business. If you use the dodgy types you are thus complicit in a crime when they dump your unwanted trash in a field like the one above. Wise up and stop giving them a reason to exist just to save yourself a few quid!
David Carey
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 9:56 am
Certainly over the last couple of years it has increased with rubbish being dumped in the lay bys or in neighbouring fields. As I live close by I often stop and take down van number plates or signage on vehicles for anything that looks like it could be about to dump any rubbish. Apart from it being a blight we don't know if there is anything dangerous being dumped.
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 11:52 am
According to sources Heyes Lane and the area above was flagged several times with Highways in January 2017. After much procrastination on the part of Highways it looked like they were coming to deal with it, and there was even info on this site which implied as much. It now seems that Heyes Lane was NOT to be included in the current capital budget. (I believe this ends on March 31st) And that the work is "scheduled" to be included in the next years work which commences on April 1st. If it is left until after Christmas I will be singularly unimpressed as that would make it a full 2 years since I and other residents flagged it with Highways. Perhaps some of our local councillors can comment if they know anything as it SHOULD be done either at Easter or Whitsun 1/2 term. I really feel that to leave it any later to remedy or to scrap repairs altogether would be the epitome of negligence....
Craig Browne
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 4:38 pm
Hi Tony,

Thanks for your post.

Potholes (which come under the category of Level 1 defects) are fixed from the council’s revenue budget, whereas more substantive work (Level 2 - patching and Level 3 - resurfacing) is funded from the capital budget. Whereas the former involves more reactive work, the latter has to be programmed at the start of the financial year; due to the way local authorities are funded by central government to carry out road repairs, this work cannot be done on a “worst first” basis, but also has to take into account other factors such as the volume of traffic travelling over the road surface.

Since the summer of 2016, I have been calling for both Wilmslow Road and Heyes Lane to be included in the capital programme. Generally, the Highways Officers are very supportive of the work I am trying to do in Alderley Edge and they put both roads forward as “Priority 1” schemes in 2017/18, but the ultimate decision rests with the Portfolio Holder. As you may have seen on another thread, Wilmslow Road is to be resurfaced next week, using residual funds from this year’s budget. I will find out whether Heyes Lane has been included in the 2018/19 budget in a few weeks time.

Kind regards,
Craig
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 19th February 2018 at 2:22 pm
Thanks Craig for the response (I posted that in the wrong section;)) So the fact that they said last year it would be included in this year's programme is NOT set in stone then? Actually if that is the case then it is appalling and I appreciate all your efforts to gee these folk on and the workyou do on our behalf. However if the council renege on this it will be the last straw. My brother in law reported the problem on that stretch of Heyes
Lane in October 2016!!! Highways had other complaints from the start of 2017 and we have been told work was scheduled then cancelled then cones were left there for 6 months festering in the puddles and now there is a possibility of them not doing it at all. Sorry to say this but their incompetence is galling and whilst there may be a few caring individuals in the Highways team I feel the management are absolutely dreadful Craig and SHOULD be held to account. They cannot be allowed to drop the ball on this and I am begging you to get them to resolve it. They need to look at the quality of tarmac now used as clearly it is not fit for purpose we need the good quality high grade tarmac used on the continent in Scandanavian countries who face worse weather than ours. Driving toward Knutsford on the Mobberley road on Saturday on the open 50 mile an hour stretches it would be dangerous to exceed anything over 30 as there are numerous lethal potholes. Highways clearly do not give 2 figs for any of the roads in this area.

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