Street in Sheffield suburb crowned one of UK’s ‘coolest neighbours’ covered in rubbish
Sheffield residents are concerned about ‘disgusting’ rubbish that is littering their neighbourhood, with underwear, rats and toilet roll left strewn across the roads.
Shocking pictures taken by a concerned resident on Sharrow Vale Road show food waste dumped on parked cars, split bin bags and rubbish strewn down the street.
The resident who has lived in the suburb for nine years and wishes to remain anonymous, said he has seen underwear, rats, toilet roll, rotting food on the street over the years.
He said overflowing rubbish and litter has always been a problem in the neighbourhood but it is now escalating.
“It's just getting worse and people are sick of it, it makes me want to avoid the road and I have to cross over.
"It makes me feel a bit sick, wondering what kind of health hazards it is going to be creating for people.
"You go out in the morning for a bit of exercise or a walk and you're faced with this, it makes me stressed.
"It's a salt on the senses and it's a deep concern for everybody in the neighbourhood.”
Condé Nast Traveller magazine selected Sharrow Vale as one of the country’s must-see places for people to visit once the coronavirus lockdown ends.
The area, which is popular for its plethora of independent shops and cafés, plus the green spaces on its doorstep, is described in the latest edition as a ‘curious example of how suburbia has become cool’.
The anonymous resident who captured the images this morning, said the rubbish was mainly strewn outside rented properties on the street.
He is now calling on estate agents who let out houses of multiple occupancy and the city’s universities to do more to stop the litter – by issuing fines to tenants who drop rubbish and introducing regular checks on properties.
The resident said the problem is becoming so bad, he has considered moving from the home he has lived in for the last nine years.
"When I was taking those photographs this morning, somebody walked by and they're tutting and shaking their head like they are disgusted and so am I.
“But how is that going to reflect on the neighbourhood and the businesses that are here as well?”
He has made a plea to those dropping litter to think twice before leaving mess behind.
"Please just take a little bit of responsibility to think that this is going to be there the next day and all the people in the neighbourhood are going to have to deal with it.”