Sheffield street overrun with rats as waste piles up for weeks – now kids can’t play outside

A Sheffield property has seemingly turned into a 'dumping ground' for the past month, causing safety and health hazards to nearby residents.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 1:08 pm

A resident, who declined to be named, said Wansfell Road has become "infested with rats" after piles of waste, including food waste, accumulated in front of the property.

The resident said at least four complaints have been lodged with the council, but they returned with the same response - that the property owner should bear the responsibility.

"All they (the council) said to me was, there's nothing they can do about it. It's all the people in the property (that should be responsible).

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The waste that is piling up in front of a property on Wansfell Road.
The waste that is piling up in front of a property on Wansfell Road.

"We got loads of rats on our street and the children can no longer play outside because of this waste piling up."

The resident said attempts to get hold of the property owner have also been futile.

"I am not 100 percent sure (who the owner is). I have been around and no one answered. I have rung the council a good few times and they're not doing anything."

The bins outside the property are also overloaded with waste, the resident added.

The overflown bins

"Most of it is food waste and it smells disgusting. I live on the same road and the binman refused to take the bins because it (the waste) is not being recycled (properly).

"My concern is the rats, there are loads of them on the back and on the front of the property.

"There are quite a few children around here and the council should clean it up," the resident added.

Sheffield City Council has been approached for comments.

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