Driven from Sheffield estate by fly-tipping woe

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A fed-up Sheffield resident says he has become so frustrated about mess and fly tipping in his neighbourhood that he is looking to move out.

Kevin Rodgers, of Jaunty Way, Base Green, said he has complained to Sheffield Council and contractors Amey and Veolia about problems on the estate.

He says issues range from overflowing bins to old mattresses lying around.

And he said he is worried about rats and the health of children playing on streets near his home.

Mr Rodgers said: “Unfortunately it would seem that all that happens is that I get passed around various departments and no action is taken.

“The issue has got slowly worse and I am currently looking to relocate.

“My fear is not so much for myself but for the young children in the other properties on the street who are playing feet away from disease-infested rats.

“This is not a healthy environment for them and I feel that the council departments responsible should now be publically accountable.”

Mr Rodgers said he has complained at least seven times in the last few weeks but no action has been taken.

Sheffield Council said it is looking into Mr Rodgers’ complaints but that the mattresses are on private land so it is the owner’s responsibility to remove them.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, recycling and Street Scene, said: “I would like to thank Mr Rodgers for raising this issue with us.

“We need people to report problems to us.

“Our Streets Ahead contractor Amey has visited Jaunty Way on a number of occasions and cleared fly tipping that was left on the highway.

“The area that Mr Rodgers reported as having mattresses fly tipped on it is actually private property and so it is the responsibility of the landowner, not the council.

“I have referred this matter to our environmental enforcement team for them to look into and take any action we can.”

A spokeswoman for Sheffield Council contractor Veolia Environmental Services, said: “After being made aware of a problem of several abandoned bins in the Base Green area, we confirmed that the bins would be removed and collected them.

“If residents have any concerns about waste and recycling collections, please call 0114 273 4567.”