Residents in a Sheffield community blighted by litter have called for tougher action to crack down on the problem.
They say the problem in Page Hall is still ‘rampant’ despite a recent community litter pick – part of a joint initiative to tackle various issues in the area.
Community tension has risen in the neighbourhood following an influx of hundreds of Roma Slovaks families, whose way of life has upset long-standing residents.
One of the most common complaints is about the amount of litter now dropped on to the streets.
Fed-up resident Paul Downend sent The Star photographs of dumped rubbish and fly-tipping, including a bath and a sofa left in the middle of one street.
He added: “Despite many softly, softly initiatives in the Page Hall area to improve the issue of litter and tipping, the situation is still rampant.
“It seems to me that certain elements of the community are laughing in the face of the council, the police and the local advice centre.
“Myself and many respectable residents feel it is time to advocate more hard line measures to clean up Page Hall, issuing more fines, court action, rather than leading people by the hand.”
Sheffield Council said five fixed penalty notices were issued in Page Hall in the three weeks following the litter pick at the beginning of July.
Enforcement officers patrol the area and there are nine police officers based on the estate.
Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “We are working hard to tackle litter in Page Hall and are working closely with the local community and our partners, including the police.
“Anyone caught dropping litter will be given a £75 fixed penalty notice and we have put signs up around Page Hall to make sure people know this.
“We’re continuing to engage with the local community about litter and activities like the recent litter pick support the enforcement work.
“We also work with local businesses to make sure they get rid of their waste responsibly.
“Litter is disgusting and unnecessary.
“By working closely with the community and our partners, engaging with residents and issuing penalties, we are determined to reduce litter in Page Hall.”