Action call on Sheffield grot spot

Fly tipping Furnace Hill, St Vincent's area of Sheffield city centre
Fly tipping Furnace Hill, St Vincent's area of Sheffield city centre
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Unsightly piles of plastic bags, litter and rubbish surround a single wheelie bin on an empty site on the edge of Sheffield city centre.

The scene, on derelict land off Furnace Hill, in the St Vincent’s Quarter, has infuriated Star reader Vin Malone.

Mr Malone, a keen amateur photographer from Gleadless Valley, snapped the rubbish piled up on wasteground to highlight the problem.

The wheelie bin is overflowing and additional waste appears to have been dumped around it.

He said: “God knows how many times staff from the council and contractor Veolia have passed this mess, but because it is on private land, it is left.

“I am sure that I’m not the only person to have to seen this mini dump so near to the city centre and the Law Courts.”

Sheffield Council said it cannot clear the rubbish because the site is private land.

But officials have stressed they are ‘working with the owner’ to resolve the problem.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and we have secured more convictions than ever before in the past year and will continue to crack down on those responsible. This shameful behaviour will not be tolerated in our city.

“We are aware of the fly-tipping on this patch of land on Furnace Hill, just off Gibraltar Street, and we’ve worked with the landowner to ensure it is cleared.

“Because we do not own the land, we are not able to clear it ourselves.”

Coun Scott added: “We have suggested the landowner erects a fence to prevent further fly-tipping in future. Work is being carried out this week to remove this eyesore. If anyone sees anyone fly-tipping we would urge them to call 101 to report it.”

■ People can also report fly-tipping by visiting www.sheffield.gov.uk/in-your-area/report_request on the council’s website.