A few phone calls later and council cleans up 'nightmare' car park in Nightingale Road, Derby
NUMEROUS complaints about fly-tipping in a city car park have been listened to – thanks to the paper's Clean Up Derby campaign.
In December, the Derby Telegraph received calls about the former Rolls-Royce car park, in Nightingale Road, which readers told us was seemingly a haven for litter louts.
We decided to publish an article about it and since, then, the council has cleaned it up – much to the delight of nearby residents.
Father-of-two Adam Lake was among those who initially told the paper about the site.
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The 39-year-old said: "It was in a really bad state. There was broken glass everywhere, old toys and rubbish.
"I think the campaign in the paper has been really useful in helping the council to note the problem areas in the city.
"The site has stayed tidy for a lot longer than it has in the past after a clean-up. I think the campaign might be making people more aware of their surroundings."
Kirsty Bird, who also lives near the site, said: "I worry it'll get back to its old state but I think it's helpful when they clean it up.
"I don't know why but people have a habit of dumping things there.
"It's a shame because a lot of people around here have kids and it's dangerous.
"But they have come out to clean it. which is good to see. The only way they could stop it for good is to install CCTV there."
But owners of the nearby Nightingale Fish Bar, Michael and Andrulla Millas, said they feared the site would become messy again.
Mr Millas said: "In the past, it has looked really disgusting. When it's clean, it's soon full of rubbish again. I think it affects our business so, for us, it's a nightmare."
And Mrs Millas said: "It is a playground for the local kids. I often feel scared to go in my yard in the summer.
"The site is a mess and a nuisance."
The Clean Up Derby campaign – which wants to see people take more responsibility for their rubbish and make sure they use bins – was launched in November and has already highlighted several rubbish hot spots which have been cleaned up.
These include the car park of the William Caxton pub, in Sunny Hill, and parts of Friar Gate.
The campaign has received support from the Mayor of Derby and the Bishop of Derby.
There was also cross-party support for the campaign at the city council, when Councillor Chris Poulter proposed a motion for the whole authority to back it.