SIR – Ever get that feeling of deja vu? You know the sort of thing, history repeating itself. Did anyone seriously think that the plea to people to only take “essential” rubbish to the tip to prevent chaos would be observed? No way!
Yes, there is no doubt that there are people in those queues who have a genuine reason to be there, but I would bet a pound to a penny that the vast majority were members of that elite class of muppets, the “selfish me-first brigade” who, come hell or high water, just want to get rid of any surplus stuff they can lay their hands on and cannot be bothered to wait that little while longer.
The one good example given in your coverage (A&T, 15th May) was that of a stupid gentleman who must have waited for some considerable time just to dump a microwave oven and nothing else.
Then we have that most unwelcome comment from BCP Council leader Cllr Vikki Slade threatening the possible closure of the sites if the public did not behave themselves. If this is the quality of ideas we have emitting from the mouths of our councillors, then heaven help us all.
Closing the tips will just amount to more fly-tipping in the Forest as the rubbish piles up in people’s houses and back yards – something has to give sooner or later.
It is a very expensive clean-up job at the best of times, not only for the authorities but for private landowners as well.
How about a more positive reaction, like extending the opening hours of the centres for longer periods (8am-8pm, for instance)? That would help to clear the backlog and need only be a temporary measure for as long as social distancing is in force.
I’m pretty sure the additional costs would be more than covered by the cost-saving of cleaning up the fly-tipping mess that would ensue.