“YEARS of neglect” by a housing association have resulted in fly-tipping and other waste accumulating on a Wycombe estate, it has been claimed. 

Former Wycombe District councillor Trevor Snaith slammed Red Kite Community Housing for ‘neglecting’ areas of the Mendip Way estate which in turn saw illegal fly-tipping and rubbish dumped on paths and grassy spaces.

He also claimed some local councillors had “done nothing” about the matter for “years”.

Bucks Free Press:

PICTURED: An example of the rubbish along the pathways

Bucks Free Press:

PICTURED: A chair discarded in a bush 

READ MORE: Former vet practice to become ‘high class’ butchers shop under new plans

On social media Mr Snaith highlighted several areas of the estate he knew to be a “problem”. Some areas include Cumbrian Way, Brecon Way, Cotswold Way, and Malvern Close.

“The mess is across the whole area”, said Mr Snaith. “It’s years of neglect by Red Kite Community Housing.

“It’s in the main in the areas behind houses, along pathways and on grassed areas.”

He added: “For the past five years some local councillors have done nothing.”

Bucks Free Press:

PICTURED: Some discarded furniture

Bucks Free Press:

PICTURED: Rubbish building up among the leaves 

READ MORE: Secondary school to make changes to buildings following recent application

A Red Kite Community Housing spokesman said: “It is very sad to see the fly-tipping that is affecting this area. We advise that all fly-tipped items are reported so we can arrange for them to be removed if they are on our land.

“We always try to clean up those that are reported to us within 24 hours, but some more serious issues may take up to five days.

“Last year we spent more than £70,000 clearing up litter and fly-tipping. This is residents’ money that could be spent in more beneficial ways. We therefore ask that everyone discards their waste responsibly.

“Buckinghamshire Council’s High Wycombe household recycling centre at Clay Lane accepts household waste free of charge, and it’s open seven days a week, 9am to 6pm.

“For a small charge, the council also offers a service for special collections of bulky waste. This can be used for large household items such as domestic appliances, carpets, beds, and furniture.

“Visit www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk for further information and costs.”

Bucks Free Press:

PICTURED: More rubbish by the roadside 

Incidents of fly-tipping can also be reported via FixMyStreet: www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk

Images courtesy of Trevor Snaith.

We’ve launched a new Facebook group for local news junkies, politics fans and everyone who wants to keep up to date with the latest issues affecting High Wycombe. Please join the conversation over at Buckinghamshire Politics