Lorry drivers who continually dump litter on the roadside in Wetherby have come under attack from the deputy mayor.
Alan Lamb has called for more action to be taken against the drivers who are throwing litter on banking in and around the Sandbeck industrial estate.
He said: “It is disgusting that litter is being dumped by the side of the road and I realise that this has been a problem for some time. It is a shame that a minority of people are ruining it for the majority of people in the town who do not dump their litter.”
“We are now looking into providing more facilities and bins in the area to improve the situation; however I would encourage residents to report any problems to Leeds City Council and Wetherby Town Council.”
PC Paul Rowden, Special Constable for Wetherby Police, has also spoken of his concern about litter in the area.
He said: “The litter problem is appalling and needs dealing with immediately. There is rubbish early on in the morning, the area is left in a terrible mess after lorry and truck drivers have parked and stopped there during the night.”
“The rubbish is often piled up in bags around the estate. We have seen dog mess in plastic bags in trees, even bottles of urine left on the ground.
“Some of the rubbish does come from cars, however the majority of the rubbish comes from truck drivers who park on the industrial estate at night and then leave behind all their litter.”
Wetherby councillor Gerald Wilkinson has described it as an ‘ongoing’ problem and said the matter had been discussed in a member meeting last week.
He said: “The issue was raised and the possibility of a traffic regulation order, which would stop lorries from stopping or parking there, would be a last resort if the problem does not improve. We are in discussions with the environmental department at Leeds City Council and would like to see more bins in the area and also more facilities for street cleaning.
“However it is my belief that the main issue here is not cleaning up, but stopping people from dropping this litter in the first place.”
A Leeds city council spokesperson said: “There is a £75 fixed penalty in Leeds for people who drop litter, including cigarette ends, chewing gum and flyers left on vehicle windscreens and for motorists who throw litter out of their vehicles or allow their passengers to do so. Failure to pay can lead to a fine of £2500.”
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