Council says tip problem in Coventry is unrelated to tip reservation system


Coventry City Council has denied claims that the fly dumping problems in the city are linked to the recycling and reuse center’s current reservation system.

The London Road center, better known as the tip, currently has a reservation system for Coventry residents to get rid of their bulky waste.

However, the system, which was put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic, comes with caveats that mean the method of switching and using it previously in place is no longer an option.

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Now you need to book a slot that provides personal information, including the address and registration of the car, and the type of garbage you are bringing.

You will then need to present proof of address on arrival and no more than two people can get out of the vehicle at a time.

The council’s reservation site warns that people who do not respect the above will “not be allowed to access the site.”

Fly-tipping near Richard Lee Primary School in Coventry

Many townspeople believe these warnings add to the rise in flying tips. Whitley, particularly Leaf Lane, is one such area that appears to be on the rise.

Councilor Roger Bailey says the fly spill on the quiet road is getting worse.

When asked about the connection, the board denied the two were related and did not respond when asked if the tip was expected to return to its pre-pandemic system.

A spokesperson for Coventry City Council said: ‘We do not believe fly spills in Leaf Lane have increased as a result of Tip changing operations on London Road.

Flight depot at Foleshill
Flight depot at Foleshill

“The site has been available throughout the pandemic for Coventry residents to dispose of their waste safely and correctly.

“We have received a lot of positive feedback from residents who have told us that the new system has made their visits to the peak much smoother.

“Residents can call our customer service on 0808 5834333 and one of the team members will be happy to help them book a slot.

“We would, however, encourage members of the public to report any fly spills and any evidence they may have to the Council either online at or by phone. on 08085 834333.

“The assistance we receive from members of the public is absolutely vital in apprehending offenders and ultimately reducing fly spills in our city.”

However, Councilor Peter Male says it is “difficult not to link the two issues” and calls on the council to reconsider the current system.

Cllr Roger Bailey and Brian Folan reside on Seymour Close, which has become a dumpster dump
Cllr Roger Bailey and Brian Folan reside on Seymour Close, which has become a dumpster dump

Cllr Male told CoventryLive: “It is recognized that tips are on the increase in Coventry. The state-of-the-art reservation system was introduced as a temporary measure during the pandemic. It is difficult not to link the two problems.

“I ask the Council to review the current situation.

“The possibilities include: a moratorium on landfill recharging, additional bulky waste collections in the city, an online portal for the public to report fly spills, a hybrid model at the landfill that would see a few days allocated by reservation and some with public access.

“We cannot continue with such high levels of tipping flies. The Council must develop a sustainable strategy to solve the problem. “

Cllr Roger Bailey is covering the Whitley area which has often been the target of dump trucks, and he thinks installing CCTV might help. He also acknowledged that the reservation system could play a role, but implies that it is too simplistic to blame only this.

Cllr Bailey said: “Part of it could be with reserving a space at the end, but there is capacity there and I think it’s a lot more complex than that.

“On Leaf Lane, for example, it’s often builders’ rubble and I also wonder if it’s cheap customs clearance, offering to clean up trash for £ 20 no questions asked – or just someone one who is lazy. CCTV would certainly have a deterrent effect. “

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