Streets littered with rubbish are angering residents who claim the council are biased as to where they clean and how often they clean.
Residents in Bradford are calling for the council to step up their game regarding the amount of litter on their streets. Neighbourhoods in Heaton, Great Horton, Undercliffe and Girlington are voicing their concerns at the lack of council activity sweeping up their streets. One resident in Girlington said that it has almost been “three months” since they witnessed a road sweeper in his street and that he himself physically brushed part of the street to keep the litter away.
Mrs Tahir of Howarth Road, Heaton states, “We have lived here for four years and over the last two years the litter in our area is getting worse. It attracts stray cats, birds and rats and at night you can hear them going through the rubbish. I do not know how often the council are supposed arrange for cleaners in our area.”
The council states, “Research carried out by Keep Britain Tidy reveals a quarter of Britain’s streets are strewn with cast off food cartons, drink cans, and pizza boxes. If there is a litter problem related to particular kinds of commercial premises, such as takeaway restaurants, cinemas, sports centres, service stations and others, then the Council has powers to make Street Litter Control Notices requiring businesses to take responsibility for the waste created from their premises.”
Apart from streets full of litter, it does not help when certain car drivers throw litter from their windows. Eating food by individuals in a car parked on the road or street and disposing of the wrappers through the window is often witnessed by residents with anger and disgust. Mr Smith of Undercliffe tells us, “Young lads always park in my street in the evening as it is a quiet cul-de-sac. I can hear them talking loudly and once they have finished eating, they just simply throw all the rubbish out of their car and drive off.” With anger etched on his face, Mr Smith continues, “Once I approached them and told them not to throw the rubbish outside my house and they simply abused me and drove off.”
There are many cases similar to that of Mr Smith and the council are aware of the growing problem. According to the Bradford council website, “Littering from vehicles is a major problem. Keep Britain Tidy research has shown that 23% of people are likely to litter from their car. Smoking related litter is now the UK’s biggest litter problem, with cigarette litter reported to be on 78% of our streets.”
Fly tipping is also a growing problem in Bradford as we all too very often see the old sofas and mattresses dumped in alley ways and barren roads. Though the council are trying to deter offenders with a hefty fine of up to £50,000 and one year imprisonment, it seems offenders are unperturbed by the outcome of their selfish actions if caught.
Bradford council states, “If someone fly tips on private land, it is then down to the landlord to arrange for the clearance of the illegally dumped waste.”
For certain residents who live in the inner city areas, they claim that the council pick and choose where they clean and how often they clean. One resident from Manningham who did not want to be named claims, “If you go to the affluent areas there seems to be no rubbish but when you drive around the Asian areas here in Mannigham, Lidget Green or Toller Lane, you never see any road sweepers or any council workers. It’s as though they don’t care about the Asian areas and want us to clean up our own mess.”
If you have a problem of littering on your street or witness anyone fly tipping you can report it to the Bradford council by calling them on 01274 431000.