Bedminster residents' disgust as inaction over fly-tipping sees site grow
HUGE piles of household rubbish, including mattresses, children's clothes, a fridge and a smashed UPVC door have been dumped outside derelict flats in Bedminster.
Resident Peter Flanagan, 54, first noticed the rubbish in Torpoint Road at the start of the month, but despite complaining to the council six times nothing has been done.
The rubbish, which includes discarded wooden furniture, has been mounting up throughout the month.
Mr Flanagan, who lives in Lynton Road, said: "I walk my dog in the area every day and first noticed the rubbish at the start of February.
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"I first rang the council on February 4 but nothing has been done.
"During one phone call I was told that officers had visited and had reported there was nothing there.
"I walk there every day so I knew that wasn't true – it's not like it's just a few bin bags."
Mr Flanagan, who works in health and nutrition, said he was "disgusted" to see the pile of rubbish growing throughout the month.
"It is horrible – it makes the area look really grubby," he said.
"Just because no-one lives there doesn't mean it should be left in this state. People walk there and other houses overlook the site.
"We all pay our taxes so the council should respond to our concerns.
"I feel that I have been fobbed off."
Torpoint Road is the site of old Knightstone Housing Association flats, which have been left abandoned and boarded up, and also includes an area of rubble where council-owned flats were demolished.
It backs onto an area of scrubland which leads to Knowle Health Park.
In recent years different schemes have been proposed for the road, which has been included in a 25-acre swathe of land which also includes the old Marksbury Road College site owned by the Homes & Communities Agency.
The college site and surrounding land had been put out to tender by the council, with developers being invited to come up with proposals for building on the plot.
An idea put forward by chartered surveyor David Parkes in December 2011 was for a large green housing and community development on the site, named the BS3 Campus project.
Another idea put forward by the council last April was that the site could be used to meet the rising demand for primary school places.
A Bristol City Council spokesman said: "The site, which formerly contained council housing, was fenced off and secured following clearance and pending redevelopment.
"It appears that fly-tippers have forced their way onto the site by cutting through a padlock and have dumped waste.
"We can confirm that the fly-tipping was reported to us by local residents.
"Unfortunately the information was not passed on to the team managing the site and so had not been acted on.
"We apologise to local residents for the mistake and would like to reassure them that action is now in hand to make the site secure and address the fly-tipping."