Woman who collected ‘dangerous’ pile of flytipped glass in Northampton told by council it is now ‘her responsibility’

Sheila Mulvihill was told it was "her responsibility" to dispose of a large amount of glass she picked up after it was fly-tipped near her home
Sheila Mulvihill was told it was "her responsibility" to dispose of a large amount of glass she picked up after it was fly-tipped near her home
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A community-spirited woman in Northampton who picked up dozens of pieces of glass that had been flytipped near a public path has been told by the borough council it is “her responsibility” to dispose of the waste.

Sheila Mulvihill, of Little Billing, noticed a large pile of sheets of glass, believed to be from a greenhouse, near Billing Brook when she was walking her dog on Friday night.

The fly-tipping in the Billing Brook area includes a sofa, chair and a stall

The fly-tipping in the Billing Brook area includes a sofa, chair and a stall

Due to her concerns that a dog or a child may cut themselves on the glass, Mrs Mulvihill, aged 63, and her friend collected it all into two wheelbarrows and took it back to her house.

Mrs Mulvihill then phoned Northampton Borough Council on Monday to inform them of the fly-tipping and ask if someone could come out to collect it.

However, she was told that, as she had taken the glass into her home, it was now “her responsibilty” to dispose of it.

She said: “The council said they could not take the glass as I had moved it into my home so it was now my responsibility. “If I had left the glass there it could have been very dangerous for any dogs or children.

The fly-tipped glass is believed to be the remains of a greenhouse

The fly-tipped glass is believed to be the remains of a greenhouse

“I must admit, it made me a bit cross and I put the phone down on him.”

Mrs Mulvihill said she was also concerned about the recent increase in fly-tipping in the Billing Brook area, including bricks, pieces of wood and household furniture.

“I go litter picking once a week and there are a number of people in the area who all try to do our bit to make the area look nice.

“Everybody is going mad about the amount stuff that is being dumped in the Billing Brook area.”

A Northampton Borough Council spokesperson said: “We would like to thank the Chronicle & Echo for bringing this to our attention. We are looking into the matter.”