Council to Skip Street Blight

By on 29/12/2009 in News

Birmingham City Council has announced a new scheme, to be rolled out in 2010, which will seek to control the use of skips within the city, and the eyesore they can cause for local residents when left on public highways.

 Under the proposals the city council is to introduce a new permit system requiring anyone wishing to place a skip on a public highway to first obtain a permit which specifies the location and set time period for which the skip will be required - usually seven days from the date the permit begins.

 If the skip is then not removed by the specified 'end date' the local authority will be able to take action to have it removed and penalise the skip operating companies responsible.

 Cllr Len Gregory, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Street Services said: “While the presence of a skip outside a property can offer an encouraging sign that development is taking place, we know from experience that in too many cases skips are left in situ when perhaps not specifically needed - where they then become a focus for fly tipping and blight a neighbourhood.

 “These new rules are designed to put an end to this practice by ensuring skips are only on the street as and when they are needed, and crucially are removed promptly once they have been filled.”

 A nominal fee of £10 will be charged to skip operators for a seven day permit to cover administration costs - Penalties will be put in place for skip operators who fail to comply with the permit rules.

 While an estimated 80,000 skips are hired and placed upon the public highway every year in Birmingham, according to a sample survey conducted in 2006/7, under the current unregulated system the council only receives around 3,000 official notifications of their placement per year.

 Charging for skip permits as a means to regulate their use is common practice among most local authorities in the West Midlands, including Solihull (£47 for a 7-day permit), Sandwell (£26) and Dudley (£20)

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