Jim has ban from 'tip' lifted on his Del Boy trailer
PENSIONER and DIY man Jim Cudlipp was shocked when his home-made trailer was turned away from the Torbay recycling centre.
The 83-year-old claims he was refused entry to Torbay Council's Yalberton Household Waste Recycling Centre at Paignton, and told to go to Newton Abbot or Totnes instead.
The Totnes Road, Paignton, resident said: "I have been going to the tip with that trailer for over 20 years."
A Tor2 spokesman explained: "Part of the problem is that Yalberton was formerly known by everyone as 'the tip'.
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"But now it is a household waste recycling centre. The emphasis is very much on recycling weekly domestic waste, not commercial waste, and not years and years worth of accumulated rubbish.
"We have people there to help people like Mr Cudlipp if they have taken the trouble to sort, recycle and separate their waste.
"It is about re-educating the public.
"We get a lot of challenges on an almost hour by hour basis."
Now an investigation has been called for by ward councillor David Thomas, who intervened so that Mr Cudlipp has now been allowed to empty his fully-laden trailer.
Mr Cudlipp said: "I went with my son-in-law and daughter who cleared their garage and they stopped us at the gate and said 'You can't come in here with that trailer. It's too big.'
"They said take it to Totnes or Newton Abbot.
"It measures 6ft 6in by 4ft 6in. It's not massive. It's built on one of the old Robin Reliant axles, like Del Boy's car in Only Fools and Horses."
Cllr Thomas said: "Within one hour of finding out about this problem, I rang and spoke to Mr Cudlipp.
"I have spoken to management at Yalberton and they have no issues at all with his trailer and they have told me they are happy for him to bring it in and I understand he has now done that. I find it bizarre that he would be told to go to Newton Abbot or Totnes. I have asked for an investigation."