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LEYTONSTONE: Council accused of fly-tipping
A BUILDER has accused the council of hypocrisy after some of its staff fly-tipped rubbish in his skip.
Dale Oseman was building a wall and clearing waste from a garden in Barclay Road, Leytonstone, when workers who were distributing the authority's freesheet Waltham Forest News dumped cardboard boxes in his container yesterday afternoon.
Mr Oseman, 40, said: "When I saw the boxes I just couldn't believe it. It's complete hypocrisy.
"The council are telling residents to fight enviro-crime when they're committing it at the same time.
"It cost me £175 to rent the skip for two weeks, including a £45 permit from the council to let me have it in the road. For them to dump rubbish in it amounts to theft.
“It makes me want to send them an invoice for it.
"The council paper is nothing but propaganda and this proves it. And ironically in this week's edition they have a section 'naming and shaming' fly-tippers.
"And the cardboard boxes could easily have been recycled too.
“If the council wants to save all these millions of pounds they should stop printing their propaganda instead of hiring labourers on the cheap who then go around chucking away rubbish like this.”
Mr Oseman, of Woodville Road in Leytonstone, said he complained to the council who offered to remove the rubbish the next day.
It is not the first time Waltham Forest Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its fight against illegal rubbish disposal.
The authority launched its crackdown on 'enviro-crime' - defined as littering, dog fouling, fly-tipping and graffiti - in January 2009, and dozens of people have been prosecuted for various offences relating to it in the last two years.
But a month after its launch a resident claimed the authority had dumped anti-litter leaflets in a Walthamstow street.
The council said its staff had left the pamphlets in the road as part of the distribution process.
Waltham Forest Council's leader, Cllr Chris Robbins, said: "We're very sorry that this contractor used Mr Oseman's skip as a bin and as soon as we heard of this incident we offered to come and collect the boxes.
"It seems that they were left by a recently appointed member of staff who works for the council contractor who deliver Waltham Forest News. The member of staff has now been spoken to about this matter and advised of their conduct in future.
"Ordinarily we would expect higher standards than this and we are confident that this is an isolated incident. We would like to apologise to Mr Oseman for any distress this incident may have caused."
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