A HUGE pile of rubbish which was attracting rats and other vermin is to be removed - thanks to The Star.
Worried reader Lynda Shepherd contacted us about the state of the commercial bins behind the Blackstock Road shops in Gleadless.
The 80-year-old retired dressmaker said: "The bins are piled high with rotting rubbish.
"They haven't been emptied since well before Christmas.
"There must be six feet of the stuff dumped on and around the bins.
"The pathway is partially blocked, the smell is awful and people have seen rats running about.
"It's quite worrying, to say the least.
"I've tried phoning to have the bins emptied but I just keep getting passed from pillar to post.
"No one seems interested."
The Star discovered refuse collection was the responsibility of Veolia Environmental Services.
A spokesman for the firm said: "Our crews were unable to access the trade bin because the lock was frozen due to the recent snow and ice.
"All extra waste was removed, the issue with the lock has been resolved and the bin will be emptied."
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