Beverley’s eco-warrior is told to get off his bike
With his milk bottle glasses, flat cap and soft Yorkshire accent, Beverley’s Ray Duggleby doesn’t look or sound like an eco-warrior but that’s what he is.
Ray fell foul of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council when he was told that he couldn’t bring garden waste to their civic amenity site by bicycle.
The Council says its record for re-cycling waste is exceptional and yet is discourages people from cycling to its civic amenity site, only allowing access to motorised vehicles which pollute the environment.
Beverley’s Ray Duggleby’s only wish was to do the right thing but when he recently decided to tidy the garden he was faced with the dilemma of how to dispose of the green waste.
The brown waste bin supplied by the council for garden waste was already full. Ray is a keen cyclist and decided to adapt his trailer in order to allow him to attach it to his bicycle. He duly cycled to the Council’s re-cyling centre
but was shocked when he was turned away. ‘You’re only allowed in if you’re towing your trailer using a car he was told.’ ‘But I like to cycle said Ray,it’s good for the environment and I don’t believe in fly tipping.’
Speaking today George McManus, the Labour Party Parliamentary Spokesman for Beverley said, ‘ Ray contacted me and asked if I could help, so I checked it out and it’s true. The Council say that for Health and Safety reasons, he’s not allowed to drop his waste at the site by bicycle. They say they’d be worried for him because of vehicle movements on site even although people walk across the
site all the time and the maximum speed of cars is in the region of 5mph.’
He went on, ‘Ray is an example to us all. He is s true eco-warrior. By cycling he’s keeping down his carbon footprint. By taking his waste to a proper site he’s
having it re-cycled. By refusing to fly tip, he’s helping to keep Beverley tidy.
The Council should be encouraging people like Ray not putting him off. In order to get to the site he cycles along roads with 40mph speed limits and yet he’s not
allowed to go to the re-cycling centre. If the site is unsuitable for people like Ray, then the Council should find somewhere else. Or they could just show some
common sense and change the rules.’
Ray is pictured with George McManus and his bike/trailer