Councilliors Marcus Lapsa, Tim Mayer and David Skinner have spoken to some residents about the need to have more pride about where they live whether they rent or are home owners. they were really disappointed to see tons of rubbish being dumped around the private entries between the Cotes area of Westwood Ward. In a joint statment they said "People really need to consider what they are doing. This type of activity can and will have an adverse effect on the environment and local community."
Potential chemicals in such waste can contaminate soil, for example, there is the potential risk of a secondary fire being started close to fences, sheds and people's property etc.. Disease transmission is also a real problem when it comes to rubbish like this being dumped. If the waste contains anything a rodent might eat for lunch, it will cause real problems with pest control and mouse or rat infestations. These animals are renowned for spreading diseases and they’re generally a huge nuisance, especially for those who live in close-knit areas, like this one.
They have asked the residents If they know who dumped the rubbish or know the homeowners/landlords responsible for the properties give them a nudge encourage them to get a skip etc. If you are thinking about dumping rubbish please re think. Westwood Councilliors will be pushing environmental to contact the home owners if they are responsible or the landlords, Hopefully they will then be able to issue an enforcement notice and help those responsible see the error of their ways.