RESIDENTS are holding a public meeting tonight to discuss problems with an influx of migrant workers living in overcrowded households and associated problems of anti-social behaviour and rubbish.
People living around Eastwood, Rotherham, have called the meeting at the estate’s community centre, on Erskine Road, starting at 6pm this evening.
One of the organisers, pensioner Brian Jess, 66, a retired metal worker, said: “The problems have developed over the last two to three years and are blighting the area. There are large numbers of people living in private-rented houses and problems with youths on the streets, as well as fly-tipping.
“I’ve lived here 44 years and it used to be lovely - something must be done to solve the problems.”
Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police said they are ‘fully aware of the concerns within the community’ - although their powers are limited as the people involved live in privately-rented houses.
Similar issues have affected areas of Fir Vale and Tinsley in Sheffield.
Coun Mahroof Hussain, Rotherham Council cabinet member for communities, said: “We hope to convene a problem-solving group to address these matters.
“The council is looking at youth service provision and South Yorkshire Police will be increasing patrols.
“The council’s community protection unit is also undertaking door-to-door initiatives to deal with issues such as possible overcrowding, property standards and rubbish.”