Property owners could be named and shamed over piling up rubbish
LANDLORDS could be "publicly shamed" after a street clean-up in Normanton found piles of rubbish stored round the backs of houses.
Derby City Council sent more than 30 staff to spend a day clearing rubbish from three streets on Monday.
They collected hundreds of bags of waste and filled trucks with old furniture.
But they also found some homes with huge amounts of waste piled high in back gardens.
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Councillors Hardyal Dhindsa, Jangir Khan and Balbir Sandhu helped organise the clean-up but Mr Dhindsa said such a level of cleaning could not be maintained by the authority.
He said: "We can't do this every week. We're doing it in these streets because these are the streets people have told us are the worst.
"We want to get people out of their homes today and educate them to do this for themselves.
"A lot of these people have come here from other countries and don't know about the waste system in the city.
"So we have the staff talking to people and transforming the street, getting it totally rid of waste."
From 8am, the three streets filled with council staff wearing fluorescent jackets.
Over the course of the morning, they knocked on doors, worked with residents and filled bag after bag with litter, taking away heavy furniture, broken appliances and machinery in trucks.
Musarrat Taj, of Goodale Street, said her neighbour had rubbish piled in the back garden.
She said: "It's been like it for months. I don't know the people who live there but it smells very bad and leaks water into my garden.
"I am so pleased to see the council doing something. It makes a real difference to the way the street feels."
Mr Dhindsa said: "We will look to find out who these landlords are and publicly shame them for letting the properties get like this.
"We are fully supportive of the Derby Telegraph's Clean Up Derby campaign and will continue to work to clean the city."
The campaign has helped to get parts of Friar Gate, Alvaston, Sunny Hill and Nightingale Road cleaned up so far.
Anyone who notices an untidy area can call us on 01332 253053 or can e-mail Ella Rhodes at ella.rhodes@ derbytelegraph.co.uk.