MP to splash out on tack­ling fly-tip­ping

Fiona Onasanya will spend £800 a month on res­i­dents’ bulky waste col­lec­tions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Peter­bor­ough’s new MP will spend £800 of her own money every month to help re­duce fly-tip­ping in the city.

Labour’s Fiona Onasanya said: “I am go­ing to put my money where my mouth is” af­ter promis­ing to pay for van col­lec­tions of bulky and elec­tri­cal waste.

Fly-tip­ping costs Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil more than £200,000 a year to clean up, and en­force­ment chiefs have pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted they are be­ing over­run by the amount of rub­bish be­ing dumped.

Writ­ing in her Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph column to­day, Ms Onasanya, who was elected in June, said: “Our beau­ti­ful city now sim­ply isn’t as clean as it should be. I have met with lo­cal of­fi­cials and dis­cussed the prob­lem. The mes­sage I re­ceived is sim­ple.

“They un­der­stand our frus­tra­tion but sim­ply don’t have the fi­nan­cial re­sources.

“Like us­ing duct tape to bind up a bro­ken cab­i­net, they can and do ap­ply patches, but it’s just a stop on the way to fur­ther de­cline.”

Ms Onasanya said she is work­ing on a plan for monthly bulky and elec­tri­cal waste col­lec­tions, with res­i­dents given a week’s no­tice be­fore col­lec­tions take place in their street.

Vans from the city’s street clean­ing agency Amey will be used, with the worst af­fected ar­eas ini­tially tar­geted.

MPs are paid nearly £75,000 a year, and Ms Onasanya said pay­ments from her salary will be a “start­ing point” for the scheme.

She has not said how long she will main­tain the pay­ments for but added: “I urge Peter­bor­ough’s busi­nesses to get be­hind this ini­tia­tive.”

The coun­cil in­tro­duced £23 charges for bulky waste col­lec­tions in 2010. Cllr Gavin Elsey, cab­i­net­mem­ber­for­waste­and street scene, said: “We wel­come all those that sup­port our sig­nif­i­cant ef­forts to keep the city clean and I would be happy to meet the MP to dis­cuss her plans.

“In re­cent months the coun­cil has backed a num­ber of com­mu­nity bulky waste events, or­gan­ised by parish coun­cils, where skips have been placed in cer­tain ar­eas of the city.

“Our bulky waste ser­vice is also well-used with more than 12,500 col­lec­tions over the last 18 months.

“As our gov­ern­ment fund­ing con­tin­ues to fall this money would be much bet­ter spent on ser­vices for the most vul­ner­a­ble in our city.”

‘I am go­ing to put my money where my mouth is.’

Fiona Onasanya

Fly-tip­ping in Or­ton Gold­hay

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