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Year-long flytipping leaves residents pointing finger at housing association

PUBLISHED: 15:15 22 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:22 23 April 2018

The rubbish on Worcester Road. Photo: Craig Smith

The rubbish on Worcester Road. Photo: Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Residents are trying to resolve a year-long battle to tackle the issue of a rubbish-strewn street.

The rubbish on Worcester Road. Photo: Craig SmithThe rubbish on Worcester Road. Photo: Craig Smith

There has been an ongoing issue of flytipping in Worcester Road in New Costessey, and some residents say it is down to an open bin compound.

Some people have been putting their rubbish in whatever bin was empty, and residents say the recycling bin is misused. The bins in the compound are not communal and in fact belong to four specific properties.

The land is owned by Orbit Housing who have said they itend to enclose the compound to stop the flytipping.

Craig Smith, one of the residents affected by the rubbish, said his family have been in contact with Norwich City Council to be placed on the housing list again.

The rubbish on Worcester Road. Photo: Craig SmithThe rubbish on Worcester Road. Photo: Craig Smith

His wife is disabled which means their housing options are limited.

Mr Smith, said: “It is pretty disgusting to be honest, the smell can get very intense in the warm weather as the council will not empty those bins if there is rubbish left on the floor of the compound, and sometimes it can stay there for weeks.

“As a tenant if an issue as straight forward as waste disposal isn’t dealt with efficiently it makes you wonder what else isn’t being done. Orbit’s answer to the situation is to increase the tenants service charge to cover paying private contractors to clear the bin compound, but this isn’t due to start until August.

“We don’t want to live next to a tip and at this rate we are going to end up with rats nesting in this area, which will mean no-one in our compound will be able to let their cats out.”

The rubbish on Worcester Road. Photo: Craig SmithThe rubbish on Worcester Road. Photo: Craig Smith

Andrew Meyer, head of tenancy services at Orbit, said: “We share our customers’ frustrations and have responded to all reports of flytipping arranging for clearance as necessary.

“In listening to our customers’ concerns, we will work with them and partner organisations as appropriate, to quickly resolve this matter and are currently looking at options.

“At Orbit we take a zero tolerance approach to such behaviour and will keep all our customers updated.”

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