Islanders vent anger over cuts to Lynnbottom Tip opening hours, says survey

A survey carried out during half term found there is “deep anger and frustration concerning the reduced waste collection service” with over a 1,000 comments by council tax payers.

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“The IW Council need to get their own waste services in order and back to a reasonable level before they go pointing fingers at Islanders!”

A recent survey of 750 Islanders illustrates the deep anger and frustration concerning the reduced waste collection service with a 1,000 comments directed at the Council.

To add insult to this, last week the Isle of Wight Council launched a campaign which accuses Islanders alone of being the cause of fly-tipping across the Island.

The Isle of Wight Council launched the #CrimeNotToCare campaign, which says that the root cause of fly-tipping is ignorant and irresponsible people either dumping their rubbish or handing over to a ‘man with a van’. However, this survey of Islanders clearly disagrees, with only 7% of respondents saying that illegal waste collectors are to blame.

Vix: Islanders are “very angry”
Vix Lowthion, Isle of Wight Green Party spokesperson, said

“Islanders have spoken – and they are very angry! Reading through the nearly 1,000 comments it is clear that an efficient waste service is central to what Council Tax payers expect for their money.

“I heard of the Council’s campaign to lay the blame squarely with residents for the fly tipping with disbelief! The IW Council need to get their own waste services in order and back to a reasonable level before they go pointing fingers at Islanders.

“We must ensure our Island remains a beautiful natural environment for visitors and residents throughout the summer months.”

The full report can be accessed here.

Over 1,000 comments
Survey comments received include:

“I keep paying more taxes, get less for my money – and then I am expected to pay further for green waste collection. When is all this going to end?”

“Disgusting no wonder everyone is fly-tipping”

“Used to go early to get rid of my waste as due to mine and my husband’s disabilities was easier for us. Now have to pay for a private waste collector”

“Fly tipping will unfortunately rise due to the opening times at the dumps”

“Fly tipping is disgusting. If it didn’t cost so much to use the recycling centres it wouldn’t happen!”

Reduction in opening hours
Up until 2017 the tip was open between 07:00-18:00 in the Winter (Oct-Mar) and 07:00-20:00 in the Summer (Mar-Oct).

In October 2017 the winter opening times were cut by three hours day. Now the summer opening times have been cut by five hours a day – Lynnbottom Tip is now only open between 10:00-18:00 daily.

Highlights from report
All those who took part in the survey are declared as Isle of Wight council tax payers.

The survey had 739 responses in ten days over half term.

  • 69% happy/very happy with food waste collection service
  • Just over half (55%) happy/ very happy with recycling waste collection
  • Just under half (48%) happy/very happy with black bin waste collection
  • Only 15% subscribed to the pay for Garden Waste collection

Comment: “Service has deteriorated”
There were 415 comments received on household waste collection alone, including:

“Service has deteriorated in recent years”

“Garden waste collection too expensive”

“I keep paying more taxes, get less for my money – and then I am expected to pay further for green waste collection. When is all this going to end?”

On the subject of the Waste Recycling Centres:

  • 70% access Lynbottom regularly/ sometimes
  • Only 14% happy/ very happy with the current service

Comment: “No wonder everyone is fly-tipping”
There were over 300 comments.

“I don’t have a car and cannot get to the waste recycling centres”

“Diabolical… you need to be able to get rid of garden waste on your way to work”

“Needs to be open earlier in the summer months”

“The new reduced opening hours do not work for me”

“As a full time worker it is impossible to get there in the week”

“Hours operated are ridiculous and designed to increase fly-tipping”

“Disgusting no wonder everyone is fly-tipping”

“Used to go early to get rid of my waste as due to mine and my husband’s disabilities was easier for us. Now have to pay for a private waste collector”

“Need a tip which opens at sensible times”

Fly tipping
75% of those taking part in the survey believe there is a problem with fly tipping on the Isle of Wight.

The most popular suggested reason for fly tipping was ‘reduced access to waste recycling centres’ (454 votes/ 36%) and Inconsiderate People (368 votes) followed by ‘Cost of waste collection/ disposal’ (269 votes). “Illegal waste collectors” is towards the bottom with 93 votes (7%).

Again there were lots of comments (200), including:

“Fly tipping will unfortunately rise due to the opening times at the dumps”

“Fly tipping is disgusting. If it didn’t cost so much to use the recycling centres it wouldn’t happen!”

“The permit scheme is causing fly-tipping”


Report by Vix Lowthion on behalf of the Isle of Wight Green Party. Ed

Image: Nomadic Lass under CC BY 2.0

Monday, 4th June, 2018 5:04pm

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steephilljack

Not only reduced hours at Lynnbottom, but closure of the local re-cycling centres as well. What does this Council expect to happen = fly-tipping !

Colin
Perhaps if the IWC had not entered into a ridiculously expensive long contract with Amey, then there would be more than enough money to open the tip for the hours that are necessary on the Island. Outsourcing does not give the best value for money but the IWC has ploughed on regardless giving out contacts willy-nilly to private contractors. One only has to look at the Forest… Read more »
holdmyheadinmyhands

We all know the problems

mrincredulous

If Amey cut down on the meeters,greeters and people directing you they could afford to open longer hours.Tip had worked fine for many years,seems to be an abundance of staff there now

chartman
Anyone with half a brain cell would have given Longbottom a miss during half term- unless it was an essential visit.I have to say, visiting is a bit hit and miss 3 out of 4 of my last visits( from E cowes), I got in quick.Yesterday, I had to queue for ages to get in…But I have every sympathy for those that have to work and have… Read more »
holdmyheadinmyhands

What’s your solution then Vix? How would you solve it ? Did you put in an alternative budget ?