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Former Swansea councillor disgusted with dumped bags on 'forgotten estate'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

Ray Welsby with the open bin bags dumped in a lane near his home.

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A FORMER Swansea councillor has said he is disgusted to see bin bags full of rubbish dumped in his neighbourhood and he claimed the area had become "a forgotten estate" as far as Swansea Council was concerned.

Ray Welsby, who lives in Rheidol Avenue, Clase, said the lane opposite his home is a hot spot for rubbish dumpers, and repeated complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

"Black bags full of rubbish are left in the alleyway opposite my house and bin men just go past it," he said.

"I saw rats there this morning. It is a health hazard.

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"My neighbour complained to the council five weeks ago but he was told it was a highways problem. I've complained many times, but nothing is done."

Mr Welsby says Clase's fly tipping problem was never taken seriously.

"Clase has become the forgotten estate as far as the council is concerned," he added.

"So what do we pay nearly £1,000 in council tax for?"

A spokesman for Swansea Council said "Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and we'd urge residents to report it to us as soon as they can and provide us with evidence so we can prosecute those responsible.

"This lane has suffered instances of littering and fly tipping for a number of years and we regularly respond to these complaints and investigate to identify where the waste comes from.

"We would welcome the opportunity to work with the community to organise a group that can carry out litter-picking and we can provide all the necessary equipment so they can carry out the work.

"We spend more than £2 million each year cleaning up fly tipping and litter."

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  • BreadJules  |  April 15 2014, 3:01PM

    He should come round and have a look at our area. I have never ever seen so much rubbish strewn all over the place in my entire life. Says a lot about the poeple of Swansea (actually South Wales in general. It gets a bit better once you are away from the coastal areas) and their mindset.

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