We want to make sure our homes and communities are attractive and pleasant places to live, which is why we make an effort to keep the grounds that we own well kept.
Our partner John O’Conner Ltd provides grounds maintenance services on our behalf. They're responsible for cutting communal grass, maintaining our communal shrub beds and hedges, and weeding and moss removal on communal pathways. Their grass cutting service also involves getting rid of any litter before the cut, and blowing all clippings from pathways back onto the grass.
We've put together a document to give you an example of the standards we expect for communal areas: Grounds maintenance document.
This photobook sets out four standards: A, B, C and D, where:
- A standard is considered very good
- B standard is considered satisfactory
- C standard is considered poor
- D standard is considered totally unacceptable.
We will expect an A standard for all parts of the grounds maintenance service after every visit to an area. We will expect all grounds maintenance services to be delivered to a B standard at all times. If we inspect a site and find a C standard, we will ask John O’Conner to return within 24 hours. Any inspection that highlights a D standard will, unless not the result of a service failure by John O’Conner, result in a financial penalty for the contractor.
Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land that doesn’t have a licence to receive it. It can be dangerous, pollute land and waterways and costs us, and ultimately our customers,significant amounts of money to clear away.
How can I help?
Being prosecuted for fly tipping can carry a fine as high as £50,000 and a prison sentence. Could you afford to pay this or take the risk? Ultimately, you pay for other people’s waste because your rent and service charges fund clearing it up. So here are some ways you can make sure that your waste is disposed of correctly.
- Use your household waste and recycling bins appropriately
- If you have excess waste, save it until your bin is emptied or dispose of it for free at a Household Waste Recycling Centre
- Do not use the local recycling centres as a means to ‘dump’ any unwanted waste. These facilities are for recycling. Make sure that correct items are deposited into the appropriate banks and not simply left
- If you have any rubbish taken away from your home by a tradesman, you must check they are a registered waste carrier. It is an offence to pass waste to someone who isn’t authorised to carry it and you may be liable to prosecution.
If you see fly tipping in your community, please let us know by getting in touch with us.
If you have any questions about your waste and recycling collections, please contact Wycombe District Council on 01494 421415 or visit their fly tipping page on their website.
Bulky waste disposal
Wycombe District Council offer a chargeable service for special collections of bulky waste. This can be used for large household items such as domestic appliances, carpets, beds and furniture. You can find more information on their website.
This service is available at a discount for recipients of income related benefit (Housing or Council Tax benefit). You will need to contact the Joint Waste Team on 01494 586550 quoting your National Insurance number to arrange this service as this discounted service cannot be paid for online.