Thursday, 23 March 2017

Reported: Fly Tipping

What

Pipes and wood

Where

Dunmaster Way

Reported

22/03/17 22:30

Reference

TBC

Removed

TBC

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Reported: Fly tipping and unauthorised advertising

What

Bed, sofa and furniture

Where

Near 5 Beaconsfield

Reported

22/03/17 16:30

Reference

FT-012380

Removed

23/03/17

What

Hi-fi, suitcase and shopping trolley

Where

Underpass between Dunmaster Way and St James Crescent

Reported

22/03/17 16:30

Reference

FT-012381

Removed

23/03/17


What

Unauthorised advertising on council land

Where

Junction of St James Crescent and Buckingham Crescent

Reported

22/03/17 16:30

Reference

FP-001101

Removed

TBC

Reported: Fly Tipping

What

Fridge and cooker

Where

Near 26 Birchmore

Reported

22/03/17 10:35

Reference

FT-012373

Removed

22/03/17

Reported: Fly Tipping

What

Household waste and furniture

Where

Rear of 94 Beaconsfield

Reported

22/03/17 10:00

Reference

FT-012369

Removed

22/03/17

What

Sofa cushions

Where

Briarwood

Reported

22/03/17 10:00

Reference

FT-012370 & FT-012372

Removed

22/03/17

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Spring clean and maintenance on A442 Eastern Primary

Telford & Wrekin Council have scheduled in a clean up operation and a maintenance programme for the A442 Eastern Primary.

The spring clean will start on 2nd May and run for two weeks. This will involve single lane closures.

Road repairs and maintenance will take place between 3rd and 21st July and will involve overnight road closures.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

I've been busy

I haven't updated this blog for a while but it doesn't mean I haven't been busy!

For the last month I've been trying to get the burnt out wheelie bins cleared from Beaconsfield flats. I have passed on information received to the council for investigation but am yet to hear from the enforcement officer. The land between the flats and the road is - inexplicably - privately owned by someone from another part of Telford who has been instructed to clear the fly tip but hasn't.

I have been attempting to get incorrect signage changed outside Asda at the town centre. There are zebra crossing signs at the crossing point nearest the box road but no zebra crossing. The fact there is no zebra crossing painted on the road is a bit of a giveaway that the signage is wrong but that didn't stop someone walking in front of me deliberately a few weeks ago and then shouting abuse at me because there is a zebra crossing sign!

I have been reporting unauthorised roadside advertising for removal and enforcement (although no enforcement ever seems to take place) for paving companies which have started popping up again. These signs are attached to pallets and propped up against trees where they can be picked up and thrown into the road by kids, drunks or miscellaneous idiots. There are good reasons why roadside advertising is regulated by local authorities and safety is one of them.

I have reported a lot of fly tipping, primarily in Beaconsfield which is one of - if not the - worst places for fly tipping in the borough. As mentioned above I am waiting for the enforcement officer to make contact to talk about how the fly tipping problem can be addressed.

I have raised concerns about the use of the Lloyds between Coalport and Jackfield as a shortcut by large vans and HGVs. The road is narrow and winding, prone to subsidence and all roads leading from it have HGV restrictions so the drivers will be breaking the law if they continue their journey.

I have reported some more incorrect signage, this one at the roadworks around the council offices. A "one way" sign has been erected on Ironmasters Way opposite Boyd Close which is a cul-de-sac and Ironmasters Way is closed. If Ironmasters Way was one way it would be impossible to get to Boyd Close. Reporting this issue was interesting as Boyd Close doesn't appear on any maps and the Highways people sat in the council offices 200yds away didn't know it existed despite it having a council road sign on it!

Just today I have chased up the burnt out wheelie bin problem (again), reported a fly tip by the island, reported offensive graffiti (swastikas) spray painted on a bus stop in Aqueduct and then spent a couple of hours in a Community & Environment Committee meeting at the parish council this evening.

There are some other things that I have been working on that I can't really discuss at the moment but should be able to report on soon.

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Civil parking enforcement in Telford & Wrekin

I am strongly opposed to Telford & Wrekin Council taking on powers to carry out parking enforcement in the borough instead of the police.

The police do respond to complaints about illegal and inappropriate parking and use a common sense approach where they try to educate the drivers before resorting to prosecuting them. I have seen this first hand outside the Windmill School and by the Telford Park School where the police speak to drivers or leave warning letters explaining what they've done wrong and that they will return at a later date and will fine them if they repeat the offence. This approach seems to work as long as the police follow it up.

The council's proposal is to take that responsibility away from the police and hire private parking enforcement officers to fine people instead. The council would get to keep the money to cover costs as well as any profit. Enforcement officers will end up with targets to ensure they are raising enough money which will guarantee abuses of the powers and poor decision making to meet those targets. The police have a duty to enforce parking problems in Telford & Wrekin and that is what they should do.

I don't trust the council with these powers and have fed that back through their parish and town council consultation exercise (not that I expect it to make the slightest difference because the decision will have already been made).