I HAVE read with interest your news item [Fly-tip crooks likely to get a fine down here, Gazette, May 28].
As I understand it, the council will only remove rubbish fly-tipped on council property.
If fly tipping occurs on owneroccupiers' property, and is not removed by the residents, the council will remove the rubbish and the owner occupiers will have to reimburse the council.
For a few years now I have written to our three MPs, councillors etc. about this matter. We all pay the same council rates, whether we are council tenants or owner-occupiers, but this situation is covered by an Act, dated 1936, which should now be updated.
Before the Second World War, the majority of homes were rented. Today the majority of homes are owner-occupied, or residents are buying on a mortage.
I received a reply to a letter I wrote and sent via John Randall MP to the relevant government department.
It stated the Government did not propose to amend the Act or remove it from the statute books.
A paragraph in the letter mentioned farmers having to clear fly tipping.
Farmers have tractors and carts to remove the rubbish.
Owner-occupiers have to hire a skip and manhandle the rubbish. This is not easy when one is over 80 years of age - as happened to a resident on this estate who was a disabled veteran of the Second World War.
Windsor Avenue, Hillingdon.