So much litter on her streets, pensioner Lynn wants to leave Derby
A PENSIONER from Derby says her area is being blighted by trade waste from nearby businesses.
Lynn Gilby, of Yates Street in Normanton, said she had even started taking photographs of the mess to send to Derby City Council.
The 67-year-old said: "I used to love living here. The estate was really lovely when it was first done, but the state of the area is terrible now.
"It's absolutely disgusting. There are boxes and packaging on the street, which are obviously from shops, and litter everywhere."
The former Rolls-Royce worker said that she had lived in Derby for 38 years but had never seen the area in such a mess.
She said: "Years ago we had problems with drugs on the estate and it was three-and-a-half years before they got rid of them. Now there is litter everywhere. It makes me want to leave the city."
But Dilan Assad, from the Famous store in Pear Tree Road, which backs on to the estate, said that the boxes Mrs Gilby was complaining about were not rubbish.
He said: "When we have been to buy things for the shop, we might leave boxes outside but it is never for long and we always clean it up.
"If you were cleaning your house you would maybe put things on the street for a while but then you'd throw it away. But what we leave is just boxes and it only happens sometimes."
Mick McLachlan, head of waste management at Derby City Council, said the council would inspect the businesses in question and that all businesses had a legal responsibility – or duty of care – for their commercial waste.
He said: "The council's environmental response service undertakes regular duty of care inspections on commercial premises to ensure that businesses have the appropriate waste collection contracts in place and the contract is sufficient for their needs.
"Businesses must ensure that waste is stored correctly, transferred to the council or another authorised company, and a waste transfer note completed every time commercial waste leaves the business."
The Clean Up Derby campaign has helped to get areas of Friar Gate, parts of Alvaston, the car park of the William Caxton pub in Sunny Hill, and a disused Rolls-Royce car park in Nightingale Road cleaned up so far.