Residents and business owners have criticised council plans to suspend regular street cleaning in a Sheffield suburb – before launching a big clean-up.
Page Hall has extra street cleaning services to help deal with its litter problems.
But the services will be withdrawn next week to highlight how much waste is collected.
A Week of Action will be launched on Monday, July 1, which Sheffield Council says will aim to ‘educate, involve and support the local community’.
Resident Paul Downend said: “Why should respectable residents be subject to this puerile punishment?
“Those who do leave litter behind won’t be shamed into stopping it by this method.
“I agree education and social responsibility are vital in order for this area to move on, but I wholeheartedly believe this will not be achieved by this proposal.”
Andrea Walderon, manager of William Hill on Page Hall Road, said: “The litter is absolutely shocking just after the weekend when the street cleaners haven’t been here for a couple of days.
“We sweep up ourselves but there’s only so much we can do.”
Another businessman, who has worked in the area for nearly 40 years, said: “The state of the litter is already affecting business and this’ll ruin it.”
Resident Adnan Saleh, aged 34 said: “I’ve lived here all my life and it’s not fair to just stop the street cleaning to teach us a lesson. More bins should be provided.”
Labour Coun Ibrar Hussain, for Burngreave, said: “These proposals have come from officers after weeks and months of hard work and efforts in planning the Week of Action and daily contact by local residents complaining about level of litter on the increase in Page Hall and Fir Vale area.”