Council leaders have warned ‘disgraceful’ fly-tippers who dumped waste in two Stoke-on-Trent cemeteries that action will be taken.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council environmental crime teams have visited Tunstall Cemetery and Hanley Cemetery today (Friday) to discover evidence of who dumped the waste at the two sites over the last two days. The fly-tipped rubbish includes:
- Builders’ waste, plasterboards, internal doors, window frames and paint cans dumped next to the grave yard where excess soil is placed from grave digging at Tunstall Cemetery.
- A cut-down tree and foliage, builders’ rubble, plastic buckets and wooden frames dumped in waste soil bays at Hanley Cemetery.
Council leader Abi Brown said: “These are disgraceful acts of senseless fly-tipping and they will not be tolerated. Our teams are investigating the appalling individuals who dumped this waste and we will be doing everything in our power to take action.
“We have already inspected the waste at Tunstall Cemetery and have found evidence from where it originated. We are looking to determine who the builders were. We will take action. There are potentially two offences: for the householder from whose address the waste has come, and the builder who may have dumped it.
“These are shocking environmental crimes, and we urge anyone who may have witnessed them to please come forward, anonymously if they wish. They can report it via the MyStoke App or by calling 234234. Since lockdown measures came into force in March, we have issued a total of 55 fixed penalty notices relating to fly-tipping offences, and we will continue to take action.
“We have nine district cemeteries across the city and have worked hard to ensure they can be kept open throughout the coronavirus outbreak so that people can visit loved ones at this most difficult of times. We have social distancing guidelines in place so that people can pay their respects while staying safe. Following government advice, we have also worked to open the cemetery at Carmountside Cemetery and Crematorium.
“The vast majority of people are following the regulations and visiting the cemeteries respectfully and safely, and only to visit their loved ones. We ask that people to continue to do this.”
Meanwhile, council teams have been assisting armed forces personnel in setting up a pop-up coronavirus testing facility in the city. The facility is operating from the car park of the bet365 offices in Forge Lane, Etruria and is to test key workers. Council teams have provided barriers and are monitoring traffic to and from the facility. The testing site can accommodate up to 300 tests a day between 11am – 4pm, but appointments must be made in advance via www.gov.uk – people must not turn up to the site without an appointment.
The #StokeonTrentTogether campaign to support vulnerable people through the coronavirus outbreak now has 1,000 volunteers.
The initiative, by the council and voluntary sector partner VAST, is now calling on more people and organisations that need support to come forward.
Councillor Brown said: “It is a tremendous testament to our city that we have so many generous and caring people who want to give their time in this way. The campaign has been so successful that we now have more volunteers than people and organisations requesting support. We’re asking for people and organisations that need support to come forward.”
For more information call 0800 5615610 or visit www.corona19.vast.org.uk.
The council’s two-week sweep of brown bin garden waste collections will start its second week from Monday (4 May). Council crews will be collecting brown bins from 216 streets in Abbey Hulton, Baddeley Green, Birches Head, Bucknall, Milton, Stockton Brook. A total of five brown bin collection crews are working across the city. The teams are finding that, due to the weight of waste in bins, they are having to tip off at least twice more than usual. The extra tipping may mean that crews are not able to get to all the properties that they are aiming to get to during the day. If this is the case, households are asked for their continued patience and to keep their brown bins out – they will be collected as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Staffordshire Day activities are continuing across the city today (Friday), with a range of digital and stay-at-home activities as households continue to follow the coronavirus restrictions. The council has launched a video ‘thank you’ letter to its staff who have been delivering critical services to residents and communities across the city, including care workers, bin crews, business support, health and wellbeing staff. The video also pays tribute to hundreds of employees who have been redeployed from services that have temporarily closed due to the restrictions to provide the support needed to keep other services going that residents rely on. The video can be viewed on the authority’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sotcitycouncil/videos/345343796425883/.
As part of Staffordshire Day activities, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is inviting households to tune into an online gig at 8pm. As a unique performance for the museum, DJ Martin Green has compiled a play list to bring our ‘Kapow, the Art of Superheroes and Villains’ exhibition straight into your living rooms. Tracks include Flash by Queen, The Supermen by David Bowie and Joe 90 by Barry Grey. Martin ran the legendary 90s nightclub Smashing, epicentre of Britpop and has DJ’d for Pulp, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones. He has compiled 30 albums including The Sound Gallery, which kick started interest in lounge music and has arranged fashion show music for Prada, Pringle and Pucci. The event will be held at: https://www.facebook.com/duovison.
Library services have been marking Staffordshire Day with pyjamarama online storytelling sessions, mini-writing projects and a mini Lego challenge to build a bottle kiln. The city council’s tourism service has added a host of virtual tours of attractions across Stoke-on-Trent, which can be seen via www.visitstoke.co.uk.
For more information and advice on coronavirus (Covid-19) please visit Public Health England: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/ and the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
All residents are reminded about the critical importance of regular handwashing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds. The significance of this action cannot be underestimated.
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