‘Our road is a rubbish dump,’ say Plaistow residents

Residents and traders in Plaistow say overflowing rubbish bins and fly tipping on their street is making their life a misery.

Bill Goddard, 67, who lives in a flat above Costcutter on Barking Road, said his street was becoming a rubbish dump because of Newham Council’s failure to regularly empty bins.

“It’s disgusting. This has been going on for years,” said Bill.

“The council only clears the bins every six weeks so they are left to overflow onto the streets and people are using the street for fly tipping. “They leave fridges and beds and all sorts on the street.”

A spokeswoman for Newham Council said the build-up in waste was being caused by residents in neighbouring Cave Road leaving their rubbish in and around the bins on Barking Road.

She said that rubbish collections were being made every week, adding: “The nature of the fly-tipping has been passed to the council’s street scene enforcement team to investigate.

“In addition, to ensure that this road is kept clean of rubbish and to combat fly-tipping we will be introducing timed waste collections on Barking Road.

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“With timed waste collections, waste is only collected at specific times of the day.

“Collecting waste in this way helps us to reduce the amount of time that bags and bins are left out on our busiest streets and will mean that our main streets are cleaner and clearer.”

The spokeswoman said residents and traders would be consulted on the timings of the waste collections.