Roadside dumpers plague resident

By Anna Ferrick, Lawrence Gullery

Most people might be happy with a free TV, but for one Hastings land owner it's just one of many items of "junk" that end up in a small stream on his property that is connected to roadside drains.

Edward Hamilton has lived in Te Aute Rd for seven years. He said yesterday his land was often flooded by rubbish dumped in drains near his property.

The roadside drains are managed by the Hastings District Council but Mr Hamilton said nothing had been done about the issue despite him contacting council staff numerous times. "All sorts of junk comes in here from the drains on the side of the road. I've tried to put wire up before to stop it but when it starts raining the sheer force of the water and the rubbish just goes straight through."

Rubbish was being dumped by people who could not be bothered taking it to the dump. "I end up having to gather it all up and get rid of it, and pay the dump fee."

Mr Hamilton said in the past big bagloads of rubbish had been dumped in the ditches that, at his request, the council had collected. Without catching people in the act the council was unable to do anything about it, he said.

Yesterday he said he would like to see more action by the council to keep the ditches maintained. "It's their job to keep this in order. It just riles me up."

The old TV was far from the worst item swept on to the property, said Mr Hamilton. "Sometimes it gets so bad the rubbish rises up on to the bankings, just water-logged junk that I have to deal with. If the council did their jobs and kept the drains clear I wouldn't have this problem."

Council water services manager Brett Chapman said he had not yet determined the circumstances of Mr Hamilton's complaint. "... but I do note that the property is in a known flooding area and is subject to overland flows from the Louisa Stream and excess flows from the roadside drain in Gilpin Rd. We will be contacting Mr Hamilton on Monday to find out what has happened and where exactly the problem has arisen."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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