Public urged not to waste ‘vital’ council resources

Anglesey residents have been warned not to put ‘extra strain’ on public services already stretched by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Anglesey Council says it’s sent out staff to an increasing number of fly tipping incidents, illegal bonfires and nuisance noise complaints in the past few weeks.

Councillor Richard Dew, the member for public protection, said waste crimes were a ”growing national concern”.

He added: This is a challenging time for us all and we understand that everyone is under significant additional pressures.”

”Our resources are already severely stretched and the minority who are illegally dumping waste on our roads and in the countryside are having a detrimental impact on the council’s services.”

”I would urge everyone to act responsibly during these difficult times, to store any additional waste that is not suitable for the residual or recycling collections until normal services are resumed and to refrain from activities such as parties and bonfires.”

”Bonfires, in particular, whether they are in a back garden or a commercial premises, can exacerbate existing health conditions in all ages; notable asthma and breathing related conditions; especially Covid-19.”

Councillor Bob Parry, member for waste and property, said the county council had to focus its resources on essential services to protect and support the island’s most vulnerable residents.

He added: Fly tipping is a blight on the island’s landscape and is something that we as an authority as well as residents feel is a matter that should be dealt with.”

”We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful environment and the majority of residents do respect it and act in a responsible manner. There are however, some individuals who do fly tip and offer illegal waste removal services, and although we do recognise that this is a frustrating time for our residents, paying for such services is unlawful and could result in criminal charges.”

”Anyone providing waste removal services must have a waste carriers permit and be able provide a receipt which should highlight that the waste is going to a licensed site. If the provider can’t provide this information, residents should inform the county council immediately.”

Councillor Dew added: The county council is working tirelessly to maintain our essential services and safeguard those most vulnerable within our communities.”

”We will not tolerate any illegal or antisocial behaviour and would be grateful if residents could work with us and play their role in protecting our communities.”

Anyone with information about illegal fly tipping, garden bonfires or nuisance noise should contact Anglesey Council on 01248 750 057.

For more information on local services during the Coronavirus outbreak, visit the Anglesey Council website or listen to MônFM’s CV19 Update each weeknight at 8pm.

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