“No quick fixes” Colnbrook NAG told as more rubbish dumped – just as the last was cleaned up!

There are “no quick fixes” to Colnbrook’s continuing fly-tipping problem but Slough Borough Council will investigate the possibility of more CCTV, the Neighbourhood Action Group has been told.

These wooden pallets were dumped at Horton Ditch shortly after SBC had removed the furniture, bedding and other rubbish from the same location.

These wooden pallets were dumped at Horton Ditch shortly after SBC had removed the furniture, bedding and other rubbish from the same location.

Colnbrook’s Neighbourhood Action Group has been pushing hard for a solution to the scourge of fly-tipping in the village – after yet more rubbish was dumped just days after the Council cleared up furniture, bedding, and other rubbish from the same location.

The abandoned pallets were discussed at the C-NAG meeting on October 14th.  Chair Raymond Jackson told Colnbrook Views:

“SBC have confirmed that they will arrange for their removal on this occasion but they will not be able to keep on doing this.”

Exasperated NAG members have expressed concern that further fly-tipping is inevitable as the location is easily accessible.

During the debate that followed a number of suggestions were put forward including the positioning of more cameras and the installation of fencing and whilst these kind of measures would possibly deter and prevent further fly-tipping there were a number of major obstacles to be overcome before those kind of measures could be implemented.

Slough Borough Council says it cannot afford to keep clearing up fly-tipping.

Slough Borough Council says it cannot afford to keep clearing up fly-tipping.

SBC agreed to member’s calls to investigate the further use of cameras and erection of fencing for vulnerable areas, but stressed “there are no quick fixes”.

SBC’s Esther Masters also confirmed at the meeting that the Council’s Resilience and Enforcement team has agreed to fund a one off clearance of the Willow Close ditch whilst still investigating the cost implications and legal aspects surrounding the removal of rubbish.  A further meeting may be necessary to bring the residents/owners up to date with progress.

It wasn’t all plain sailing at the meeting, however.

Mr Ian Blake from Slough Borough Council took questions from C-NAG members over its plans to withdraw support from village groups.  A “frank and forthright” discussion was held but the result is that the group will need to be more self-sufficient in dealing with problems – with less reliance on SBC staff in the future.

The next meeting of the NAG will take place at 1930 on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at Colnbrook Village Hall.  This will be the last meeting until the new year.

The full minutes from the meeting can be viewed here.

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