Urban streets ‘like something from Slumdog Millionaire', resident claims

A Rotherham councillor has offered a walk-around with a resident who likened her neighbourhood close to the town centre to the film Slumdog Millionaire in an attempt to get to the root of her concerns.

Like Slumdog Millionaire? Warwick Street in Rotherham
Like Slumdog Millionaire? Warwick Street in Rotherham

Wellgate and surrounding streets were highlighted in public questions time at a full meeting of the authority, with a resident likening Warwick Street as “like something from Slumdog Millionaire”.

The woman spoke of the “dismal, dirty state of Wellgate”, as a major thoroughfare, with litter including dirty nappies left in the street.

Three concrete litter bins had gone from the area, she said, and added: “There is a huge problem in Wellgate and the roads that lead off it. They are like slums, I know, I live there.”

She was told by Coun Sarah Allen said she had visited the area every day since the question was submitted to the council, ahead of the meeting and had also spoken with the council’s Street Pride service, which is responsible for street cleaning.

“Since September, 20 fines have been issued in Wellgate for littering,” she said.

“Although some concrete litter bins have been removed, there are 11 litter bins on that stretch of Wellgate,” she said.

She also offered to meet the resident in the area, so “We can have a walk and identify what needs doing down there.”