Thursday, 25 August 2011
Keeping Hedge End Tidy
Local residents reported the fly-tipping to Eastleigh but were amazed to learn that according to the official maps this verge did not belong to the Council, nor was it designated highway land. The Council don't clear fly-tipping from private land even if they are happy to cut the grass there.
Asked by the neighbourhood watch co-ordinator if the Town Council could help, I spoke first to the Streetscene department at Eastleigh and had a long discussion about cuts, funding, redundancies, boundaries, and precedents. Eventually it transpired that Streetscene management would agree to clear this fly-tipping if they could cross charge the work to the HEWEB(*) Local Area Committee. The Local Area Coordinator agreed that maintaining the tidiness of the local environment is more important than squabbling over who owns the land and within a few days the rubbish was cleared.
So it's well done to the responsive HEWEB LAC, but a shame that we probably spent more time arguing over whether the work should be done than it took to drive a vehicle onto the verge and shovel the rubbish away.
(*) Hedge End, West End and Botley