Friday, October 07, 2016

Man's trailer banned from council tips because it has too many wheels even after he removed two

A man has been banned from takinging his trailer to tips in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, because it has too many wheels. Kevin Sykes, 61, of Wooldale, was using the 5ft 11in trailer to transport garden waste when he was turned away from Upper Cumberworth tip.

Kevin has been using the trailer for 14 years and had registered his vehicle on Kirklees Council’s website following new restrictions brought in this summer. Officials said it was not allowed on tip sites as it was double-axled, meaning it has two sets of wheels, despite it being just inside the 6ft limit on trailer length.

And staff were still unswayed when Kevin took off two wheels and turned up at Meltham tip. Now Kevin, who relies on the sites to dispose of garden waste, has accused the council of “randomly specifying rules.” A firefighter at Holmfirth Fire Station, Kevin said: “They’re just creating needless problems for people. I would like them to show a little more leniency, particularly to taxpayers who have been using trailers and vehicles for a long time.”

A council spokesman said: “The council made the decision to limit commercial type vehicles in order to stop businesses from using the household waste sites to dispose of their rubbish. We have no obligation to dispose of commercial waste and it is unfair to expect the people of Kirklees to cover the cost. The size restriction on double axle trailers and those over 6ft also help reduce congestion, and make it easier for vehicles to move around the sites.”

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