Fly-tippers making life hell for people in Kingsland Road apartment block
PUBLISHED: 09:31 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:31 31 August 2018
Extraordinary levels of fly-tipping coupled with a rogue bin diver are causing chaos for people living in a Kingsland Road housing block.
People from neighbouring blocks have been taking advantage of the communal bins at Padangle House for months now.
Recently there was almost an entire living room dumped next to the bins, and homeowner Carlos Lopez-Barillas has had enough of his landlord and the council doing nothing.
He said: “To highlight the gravity of the situation and the negative mentality the lack of action is creating in the area: as I was walking out of our building one day, I saw a man dumping an old and rusty coat hanger outside our bicycle sheds.
“When I challenged the man regarding whether he lived in our building or not, he stated he lived next door in the City Heights building.
“He also said he was leaving his discarded items outside our building because everybody else was doing it.”
The problems began months ago when every morning a man would walk along the road from Shoreditch to Haggerston and rummage around in the bins. He would then dump food he found on the pavement, saying it was to feed the birds. It’s now encouraged others to do the same.
The town hall even sent officers out to patrol the road to stop him, but it hasn’t worked.
“I threw a pair of old trainers which could not possibly be recycled or donated due to wear in the bin,” Carlos continued. “However, much to my dismay, the next day I came to find the same trainers out of the bin bag, and out of the bins left sitting outside our building’s front door.”
Legal action is now being taken against the man by the town hall, but Carlos has pointed out to a council officer their suggestion of locking the communal bins was unlikely to work, because the waste is being dumped outside of them.
“By all means lock the bins,” he told the town hall worker. “However, I am advising you the proposed action will only exacerbate the issue, as people who currently leave their waste in our bins will also start dumping it outside them, which will only make matters worse.”