Normanton street task force targets fly-tipping menace
LAND outside a community centre has become a dumping ground for fly-tippers.
But Derby City Council's Street Pride team were at the spot on Clarence Road yesterday clearing up after being told about it by residents.
Shasta Younis, 25, lives next to the Ikhlas Community Centre, which was overrun with black bin bags full of rubbish after a charity clothes bank was placed there.
The bank, which allowed people to donate unwanted clothes to help the needy, was there for only a few weeks before people started taking advantage and leaving rubbish outside the centre.
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Hardyal Dhindsa, a Normanton councillor, said they would act on information they received about people fly-tipping. He said: "It's a shame that the clothes bank has had to be taken away but we don't want to encourage people into fly-tipping.
"We're in a vicious circle in Normanton because there is a lot of work done here with a big council presence.
"But people see it being cleared up and they think they can dump their rubbish on the streets."
Some of the bags of rubbish on Clarence Road were found to contain needles.
Councillor Dhindsa said: "There is a huge risk to public health and safety when things like this are found on the street and we want to make sure they are cleared away as soon as we can.
"Fly-tipping is a city-wide problem and there are a few hotspot areas. Normanton is one of the worst-hit areas. We want to send the message out that we won't put up with it and any evidence people can give us about the culprits will be put into action. If we can track the people down we will charge them for the cost of clearing the rubbish away and look to take them through the civil courts."
Shasta Younis, 25, said this was the first problem she had had on Clarence Road. The pharmacist said: "I used to live here eight years ago. But since I moved back it seems to have deteriorated so much.
"I used to be able to go for a walk at any time of the day and feel safe but now it's scary with people hanging on street corners. There's been an influx of tenants who just don't seem to care.
"All this rubbish just seems to reduce people's pride in Normanton. I've tried to convince my mum to move out.''
If you have noticed fly-tipping and rubbish in your area, contact our Newsdesk on Derby 253053 or you can e-mail cleanupderby@ derbytelegraph.co.uk