Gildersome man’s rubbish tip misery

Damian Molloy from Gildersome who was not allowed to use his local tip, as he does not live in Kirklees.
Damian Molloy from Gildersome who was not allowed to use his local tip, as he does not live in Kirklees.
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Damian Molloy’s local rubbish tip is located so close to his home that he can almost smell it.

Yet the 52-year-old is not allowed to use it. He has the wrong postcode.

Kirklees Council will not give him a permit to use the nearby Birstall waste sorting site about a mile and a half away at Gildersome in Leeds.

Now Mr Molloy is forced to take a 15 mile round trip to Middleton every time he needs to clear his rubbish.

“My argument is that I live next to a tip that I cannot use as it is in Kirklees, yet I know full well that there are people using the Middleton tip in Leeds who live in Outwood which is in Wakefield, as Leeds does not operate a permit system,” he said.

“That makes sense for the people of Outwood, so why shouldn’t it make sense that I use the Birstall one?”

Mr Molloy, added: “It is a postcode lottery, and it is unjust.

“The people of Gildersome do a lot of shopping and work in the Kirklees area.

“We contribute to the local economy there, so why can’t we use that facility?

“It just seems wrong.”

Both Kirklees and Wakefield councils require users of their household waste and recycling sites to prove that they live within the authority area. Leeds City Council does not.

A spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said: “We regret that we cannot issue permits for residents who live outside the Kirklees boundary.

“We have advised Mr Molloy to contact Leeds City Council to find out what they can provide in respect of bulky waste collection.”

Mr Molloy said: “My argument is not with Leeds City Council, and I did not need bulky waste collection. It was just rubbish from my bins.”

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