Reader, friend of the blog and top local historian Clive Roberts has written to me with some horrid photos of flytipping at the old Focus DIY store on Northgate, just between Aldridge and Walsall Wood. The site has been vacant since the closure of the outlet a couple of years ago, and has subsequently been a target for vandalism, antisocial behaviour and flytipping.
These images taken by Clive a couple of days ago show the problem – note the oil leaking from a dumped container running over the footpath and into drains. I realise that Walsall Council have limited powers to deal with flytipping on privately owned sites, but hopefully, they can draw the site owner’s attention or at the very least, deal with the oil on the public footway. If kids tread that into the house it’ll take some getting out of the carpet…
Note that if you pay someone to remove rubbish – or give scrap to a tatter that ends up flytipped, you are criminally responsible just as the tipper is. Please dispose of rubbish legally and properly. Walsall Council can, will and have prosecuted householders and businesses giving waste to flytippers.
Cheers to Clive for that one. The people that do this really are arseholes that don’t deserve to live in a civilised society. Let’s hope someone shows an interest in the old store soon, so this ongoing irritant is curtailed.