Action Desk: Rubbish drove Sheffield man round u-bend

Highfield resident Jack Flint who cannot reach his outside toilet because of all the rubbish.
Highfield resident Jack Flint who cannot reach his outside toilet because of all the rubbish.
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Sometimes the little things mean so much - like Jack Flint being able to reach his outside loo.

The 85-year-old heart patient now has the luxury of not climbing the stairs to spend a penny for the first time in 18 months after mountains of junk in a neighbour’s back yard were finally moved.

It blocked his right of way to his outhouse on next door’s property.

He can also keep wheelie bins at the rear of his house on Colver Road, Highfield, after piles of trash were shifted from the shared passage.

These small, but very welcome, improvements come after a campaign by Action Desk to persuade the authorities to clamp down on a hoarder who owns the house next door.

Jennifer Grounsell was served two council notices to move the rubbish but failed to meet the 28-day deadline on either.

It led to the council organising a Community Justice Panel meeting in Sheffield last month where she and Jack came face to face.

She signed an agreement to clear the trash that’s been building up for decades and since then the worst of it has been cleared.

Jack approached The Star last year after becoming frustrated at the amount of rubbish - and the inability of the authorities including the NHS and city council - to persuade her to move it.

Jack’s daughter-in-law Carole Flint said: “Jack’s so happy he can reach his outside loo. He’s not well and avoiding the stairs every time means a lot to him.

“The passage is now clear and some stuff has been moved from the front garden and rear yard, so things are going in the right direction. Thank you.”

Ms Grounsell was unavailable for comment.