Is it really a surprise that fly-tipping is such an issue?

LITTLE wonder that the fly tipping problem is the “worst in Sussex” (Observer, July 8).

On the same day as your report and leader appeared, I spent 40 frustrating minutes in a long queue waiting to dispose of some household rubbish at the official council waste site off Bexhill Road.

This is the third time in as many months that I’ve been obliged to sit and fume.

The reason is that the heavy lorries collecting waste to take away from the dump always have precedence and the site is closed to all other traffic while they go about their work which can take anything between 20 and 45 minutes. This can happen at any time during the site’s opening hours.

Is anyone really surprised that some less socially minded folk, having experienced this unacceptable inconvenience, find other ways of disposal?

Surely, it’s down to sheer bad management.

If the collection lorries really have to work during official opening hours, a simple solution would be to set aside certain periods when the site would be shut to other users. Say from 11am to 11.45am and again during a segment of the afternoon.

Those wishing to dispose of rubbish would then at least know when and when not to visit instead of taking a gamble.

GORDON THEAKSTON

Birch Way