LETTER: Footing the bill for dumped rubbish

WHEN I drew back my curtains this morning I noticed that someone had dumped a load of bin-bagged rubbish by the ditch opposite my house.

On further inspection, this rubbish looked familiar!

At which point I noticed my black rubbish bin was missing – it had been taken from the front of my property and the contents tipped out. I noticed that my neighbour’s bin was also missing.

I searched the road and not finding the bins, can only conclude they have been stolen.

I telephoned Chichester District Council to report the missing bin and dumped rubbish, only to be told the bin was my responsibility and if it had been stolen, would have to be replaced at a cost to me of £33.

I was told the rubbish which was dumped would be reported as fly-tipping and collected.

I did say that if I had a bin, I could pick up this rubbish myself. But no, Chichester District Council would rather fund the cost of two men and vehicle who will have to come out rather than give me a replacement bin.

The district council’s website tells me it is my responsibility to keep the bin safely, yet I have to keep the bin at the front of my property which is open to the road. For most people this is their situation.

I am not allowed to put my rubbish out for collection in any other container.

I now must buy a replacement bin from them.

Fly-tipping is a constant problem in this area; rarely a week passes without seeing rubbish dumped somewhere, anything from black plastic sacks to fridges. The cost of picking up this rubbish must represent a large sum from our council taxes.

To some folk it would be preferable to bag up their up rubbish and dump it beside the road rather than pay out for new bin, of this I am sure. Indeed to many people, such as pensioners, the cost of a replacement bin may be more than they could afford.

I have often wondered why people dump their rubbish in sacks beside the road – now I know at least one of the reasons.

G Mudd