Build-up of rubbish after Normanton 'street pride' project shows need for clean-up drive
STREETS in Normanton targeted with a deep-clean operation are already returning to their litter-strewn state.
Residents in Woolrych Street and surrounding Young Street and Thorn Street said the rubbish began appearing almost immediately after the council's operation finished.
Normanton councillor Hardyal Dhindsa said this confirmed the value of the Derby Telegraph's Clean Up Our City campaign.
Mary Beatty, who lives in Young Street, said: "They got it really nicely cleaned up but it got dirty later on the same night. Kids walking down the street drop crisp packets."
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Her daughter, Stacey, said: "We see a lot of syringes down here and we've seen them since the clean-up. I've got a one-year-old daughter who's just starting to walk so it is worrying."
Radka Pokorna, also of Young Street, said: "It only looked clean for a few days and soon it'll look as bad as it did before. Nothing has really changed. There's a lot of lazy people around here and there's litter on the pavements."
In October, bin lorries, road sweepers and drain cleaners descended on the streets to rid them of rubbish. Items taken away included mattresses, doors, bricks and household waste.
Gullies were also cleared of debris, pavements and roads were swept and bins cleaned of contaminated waste.
Normanton was chosen for the first of the Take Pride In Your Street events because a number of residents complained of problems with litter and fly-tipping.
Mr Dhindsa: "The council, in partnership with the Derby Telegraph and other agencies, is supporting the Clean Up Our City campaign. At the start of this clean-up campaign we had to be realistic and know that people would have to be motivated to maintain this revamped environment. We knew that it wouldn't happen overnight."
He has spoken to council officers about installing CCTV cameras to monitor fly tipping and littering.
He said: "I've asked officers how far we can go. We couldn't have them on every street corner but it may help us to maintain high standards."
Mr Dhindsa is expecting an update on the CCTV cameras at a neighbourhood forum meeting on Monday.