Name and shame those who dump litter in our area of Derby, say campaigners from Normanton Empowerment Team
FRUSTRATED campaigners say people who dump rubbish should be named and shamed in a bid to keep their area of Derby tidy.
Karen Williams, who has lived in Normanton for 29 years, said she has seen the state of the area deteriorate.
The 50-year-old, who lives in Stanton Street with husband Dave, formed the Normanton Empowerment Team about three years ago.
The group of eight meets fortnightly to walk around Normanton and identify problem areas for litter and fly-tipping and report them to the city council.
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Mrs Williams said: "There's a lot of rented properties around here and landlords who just don't care.
"Also the council will remove items that have been left on the street. We tell people to ring the council if they have a large item they need removing.
"But then they say 'I'll have to pay, if I just leave it on the street they take it for free.' There's a really bad attitude to the problem.
"But they never seem to prosecute anyone for it. Until we start naming and shaming people we'll get nowhere.
"People know they can get away with it. No one seems to do anything about it. It's incredibly frustrating.
"If I could afford to move, I would. But you can't get any money for the houses."
Mrs Williams, a charity shop manager for the Daisy Chain Benevolent Fund, is backing the Telegraph's Clean Up Derby campaign.
Since November, the newspaper has been working to get problem areas in the city tidied up.
Derby City Council says streets in Abbey ward and Normanton will be two of the next targets for Take Pride in your Street events.
They see problem areas given a deep clean, which includes removing graffiti, taking away large items of rubbish and repairing potholes.
Harrison Street, Moss Street, Goodale Street, Nether Close, Joseph Street and surrounding areas will be cleaned.
The Abbey streets will be targeted on March 11 and Normanton streets on March 18.
Previous blitzes have targeted Mackworth and Normanton.
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.
People who have noticed a problem area of the city can call us on Derby 253053 or use the e-mail address below.