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Ipstones skips could be lost if abuse continues

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

  • One of the overloaded skips

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SKIPS brought into a village for residents to disperse of unwanted household goods could be withdrawn after the service was abused.

For several years Ipstones Parish Council has supplied two skips once a month at its own cost to be placed in the villages of Ipstones, plus usually one in Foxt.

This allows residents to get rid of any unwanted garden or household items.

However, this month the skips in Ipstones were loaded with commercial building rubble and then filled so high that the contractors were unable to take them away.

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The skips had to be unloaded to a reasonable height and then an extra one brought in to remove the rubbish.

At a meeting of the parish council members unanimously agreed on several courses of action to help prevent a reoccurrence.

This included asking the Ipstones Memorial Hall management committee, on whose land the skips are situated, to look at the site's CCTV camera to see if the culprits could be identified.

Members also agreed that if the situation arose again the service would be stopped.

Chairman Andrew Stevenson, said: "When the skips came as normal this month someone filled them with building materials. Then people kept on filling them so high they could not be removed.

"We have had to get another skip to clear up the site."

Councillor Linda Malyon said: "This is thoughtless. People should not fill them up to this height.

"If this continues we will have to stop the service."

Councillor Sandy Richards said that the Memorial Hall had a CCTV camera monitoring the area.

She said: "We should ask the committee to check if the morning activities are on their cameras. This would identify the culprits."

The clerk also informed members that a notice stating only household rubbish should be placed in the skips had been previously smashed up and put into the containers.

Councillor Heather Morris said: "We need to put another sign up stating no commercial business waste, and that they are only available for household rubbish."

Councillor Patrick Stimpson said: "If we did not have the skips we could finish up with items in the country lanes.

"This is a very good service provided for residents of our parish."

Following the debate councillor agreed to place another notice stating no commercial waste or building rubble was to be placed in the skips, and that if the service was abused again it may be withdrawn.

It was also agreed to see if the village lengthsman would monitor the skips in Ipstones for about two to three hours while they are in the village, or if a special constable would be available. Members also agreed to work with the hall management committee to enable the CCTV to be monitored around the site.

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