One of the regular problems that blight our streets and parks is the unsightly nuisance of fly tipping.
An ideal spot for this behaviour in our ward has been the roadway in Lyndale avenue that leads to an electrical substation and garages.
I have, for the past two and a half years been at loggerheads with Magenta Living ( the owners of the property) to have gates erected at the pavement end.
A part of my argument is that every time I request the debris to be cleared, Magenta properties contract in a private removal firm to carry out the removal and surely this repeated cost will outweigh the cost of a set of gates.
There have been many complaints, not only from the electricity board, who sometime could not gain access to their substation, but also from residents when this secluded lane is frequented by adolescents who use it for a drinking location and other forms of antisocial behaviour.
I am also reliably informed by a resident that it is frequently used by postmen and others as a public convenience as once enter you cannot be seen from the street due to the dogleg at the bottom of the lane and the frequently overgrown trees and hedges.
So I am pleased to report that after an extremely long period of discussion and negotiations, which included us having to produce ground plans of services in that location and photographs from the early seventies garnered from local resident, to prove that gates had been in that location before, all this despite the fact that the brick pillars still exist, that we now have had some new gates installed.
IT HAS ONLY TAKEN TWO AND A HALF YEARS
Is it just me or is common sense a thing of the past?