December 9 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Residents say they are becoming increasingly frustrated with a housing association after it took more than three weeks to react to complaints of fly-tipping.
People living in Dane Close in Thetford have had to look at dumped items in garages at the end of the road for nearly a month.
They say their complaints to Flagship Housing, who run the garages, have gone unheeded.
Residents have now called on Terry Jermy, Norfolk County Councillor for Thetford West, to force the issue with Flagship.
“I am getting very, very frustrated with Flagship,” said Mr Jermy.
“The garages there are in a really bad condition and we have asked numerous times for it to be sorted.”
Mr Jermy posted pictures of the garages on Flagship’s Facebook page to try to provoke some action – but with no luck.
Residents in the area say the garages have become a common place for loitering.
Alan Lagden, 42, of Dane Close, said: “We have to keep an eye on what’s going on down there. We try and keep it neat and tidy round here but some people just don’t seem to care.”
Yvonne Rout, whose home in Icknield Way backs on to the garages, said: “The garages are not maintained properly by Flagship.
“The ones behind me are always being broken into.”
A spokeswoman for Flagship said it had cleared the site – despite rubbish remaining there when the EDP visited on Thursday.
“Flagship staff were quick to act on Mr Jermy’s communication of 19 August and the area was cleared of the abandoned fridge and other items by the following day.
“We take all types of anti-social behaviour very seriously and strive to maintain regular vigilance, as we are fully aware that this is an active area for fly-tipping,” she added.
The spokeswoman added that Flagship were looking for a “permanent solution” to the problem.