by timpickstone on 25 June, 2019
Councillors Cristina Tegolo and Tim Pickstone recently met with Council Officers and held discussions with the police to look at ways of improving the Baguley Crescent area – on the East side of Holyrood Ward.
Waste collection and Fly-Tipping
Some of the blocks at Baguley Crescent suffer from problems with waste and fly-tipping. Some communal bins are overflowing and there have been significant examples of fly-tipping.
We discussed the different ways the Council can help take action to tackle fly-tipping, though they are often hampered because communal areas of the blocks are the responsibility of Management Companies, some of which do not function well or at all.
The Officer explained that the bins sometimes aren’t easily accessible because of parked cars and that recycling bins are often contaminated, which means that such bins can’t be emptied on the scheduled collection day by the recycling vehicle for fear of contaminating the entire load.
To try to help, in some of the blocks the Council is taking away the recycling bins, and providing some addition ‘regular’ bin capacity.
As reported above some of the blocks in the area do not have functioning Management Companies, and this can result in communal areas falling into disrepair. Only few garages are secured and used by the residents while a large number of garages are in poor conditions. Overgrown plants block the footpath and vegetation is covering street lighting. Street lighting generally is inadequate and ineffective.
As short term actions, the Councillors have asked if the Council may serve notice under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to some of the worst garages (particularly if filled with rubbish) owners of the garages. The notice may require certain steps to be undertaken by the owner of the garages to remedy their conditions.
Councillors will liaise with the Head of Street Scene Maintenance to assess the current street lighting
Councils do have the power to licence landlords, to improve the standards for people who live in private rented accommodation, though this is something that would take time to introduce in Bury it feels like something to persue.
Many residents in Baguley Crescent complain about levels of crime. The area is covered by the Middleton Police team (under Rochdale Division) and local councillors are in discussion with the Police there to see how we can work together to reduce levels of crime in the area.
We’re really keen to work with residents in the Heywood Court and Baguley Crescent areas, and look to see if there is interest in a residents group or association being set up. Please get in touch if you are interested in being involved.15 Comments