Sheffield residents to debate their ‘blighted’ neighbourhood

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Hundreds of residents are set to pack a public meeting tonight to discuss problems ranging from fly-tipping to ‘intimidating’ gangs hanging about on the streets.

The debate will take place in the Page Hall area of Sheffield to seek answers to long-standing issues involving Eastern European economic migrants.

The meeting takes place from 6pm at the Pakistan Advice Centre on Page Hall Road.

Residents were vociferous about the troubles at yesterday’s full meeting of Sheffield Council.

Sarah Howarth said: “People are dumping litter and urinating in alleyways and gardens.

“There are gangs of 20 to 30 on the streets and, although police have powers under a dispersal order to break the groups up, they do not move them on.”

Another Page Hall resident, Leslie Miller, said: “The Eastern European people who live around Fir Vale are constantly lighting fires night and day, burning toxic materials.

“Fumes come into your house through the windows and it’s very unpleasant.”

Shaun Outram said: “In Page Hall, the council organised a big clear-up for people to have their litter removed and it made the area a lot cleaner – but the problem has returned.

“We were promised CCTV but that has not yet happened.”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “We need to make sure households are disposing of items correctly and we are now taking more punitive, tougher action.

“The community needs to help us to change people’s behaviour.”

Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for communities, urged residents to report any illegal behaviour.

“Without intelligence, it is difficult to take action.

“We would be grateful for anyone with concerns to attend the public meeting and give their views,” he said.