Trader speaks out against fly-tipping

Craig McClelland, owner of St Leonards Grocery, concerned about fly-tipping at the rear of his shop
Craig McClelland, owner of St Leonards Grocery, concerned about fly-tipping at the rear of his shop
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FLY-TIPPING in South Street, St Leonards, is giving the area a bad name, according to one local business owner.

Craig McClelland, 30, who together with his parents Ken and Alison, runs The St Leonards Grocery, in London Road, is tired of the mountains of rubbish that accumulate daily in the street behind the shop.

He said that the culprits were certain local business and some residents of nearby flats.

“It’s just frustrating we pay so much to have our rubbish collected and waste recycled.

“Clearly something is not being done to stop people putting their stuff there.

“The seagulls just pick at the rubbish.”

He said that the council cleared the rubbish each morning, but by the afternoon it had begun to accumulate again.

A spokesman for Hastings Borough Council said: “We are aware of the problem in South Street and are grateful to residents for keeping us informed.

“We do clean up every day but the dumping of rubbish is not acceptable and our waste and recycling team is currently investigating the matter.

“We are talking to local businesses about how they dispose of their rubbish and will do our utmost to find out who is leaving these unsightly piles of rubbish.

“We would urge residents and businesses to dispose of their litter responsibly. Fly-tipping is an offence and we do have powers of prosecution open to us if necessary.”

Mr McClelland joined the family business a year ago, after several years spent away from St Leonards.

“I have come back to St Leonards in the last year, and it is a vast improvement to what it was,” he said.

He added that he had noticed many positive changes, but problems such as fly-tipping were detrimental when trying to regenerate an area.