`I've been trying to get rid of this chair for three weeks'
ALL Barry Gearing wanted was to dispose of his old chair legally.
But the Slaithwaite man became embroiled in a convoluted council procedure which dragged on for three weeks and said: "It's just bureaucracy gone mad!"
Mr Gearing, of Longroyd Crescent, has been trying to take the chair and a computer monitor to a Huddersfield tip since the end of February.
But because he drives a van Kirklees Council officials says he needs a special permit.
"I'm not tipping trade waste. I told them my own van is insured for private/light goods.
"I have lived in Kirklees and I pay rates in Kirklees I want to get rid of a chair and a TV monitor."
He said one of the reasons fly-tipping is so rife in the district is because it's so difficult disposing of waste the legal way.
"Why is there fly-tipping? Because there are some people who don't care about the countryside, who will throw it in the back of the van and drop it off.
"It's absolutely terrible that someone does that.
"I'm trying to do it the correct way and I don't want to leave the chair outside because of the weather. You leave a chair outside and it's going to get wet through and stink.
"All I want to do is throw it in the back of my van and tip it. But I want to put it in the tip, not fly-tip it.
"It's beyond belief.
"I just can't for the life of me see why I can't throw this in the back of my van and take it down there and say, `Look, you can see it's household waste!'
"I'm just an ordinary guy who wants to get rid of a chair from his home.
"It's just bureaucracy gone mad and a way of making the countryside a damn sight worse."
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: "We received the application from Barry Gearing on the February 23.
"His application form stated that the vehicle was used in connection with a business. However, Mr Gearing did not provide any information as to the type of waste he would be bringing to the household waste recycling sites.
"As such, he has been contacted requesting evidence (under Duty of Care) to establish how he disposes of his business waste (trade waste).
"To date, we have not received a response to this request.
"In the meantime, Mr Gearing could call at Vine Street for a temporary permit to enable him to get rid of his settee at any of our household waste recycling sites or he could call Kirklees Direct and ask for the council's free bulky collection service."