Grantham alley full of rubbish is “horrendous” and threat to health

Rubbish piled high in the alley between Oxford Street and College Street.
Rubbish piled high in the alley between Oxford Street and College Street.
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An alleyway has become a serious threat to health and would be even more dangerous if emergency services need access, a town centre resident says.

Libby Simpson says she is fed up with the mess and is now desperate for something to be done about the alley, which runs between College Street and Oxford Street in Grantham.

Mrs Simpson has lived in Oxford Street since 1987 and says there has long been a waste problem in the alley, but nothing as bad as this.

She said: “I am absolutely desperate now. It’s horrendous. I want the council to get nasty with the people who are doing this.

“If you had to have the police here they could not get down that alleyway. As it is I cannot get out of the back of my house. If there was a fire in my house and I was in my back yard I could not get out. It’s an absolute disgrace.”

On Wednesday, part of the alley was piled high with torn bags of rubbish and among the items dumped there was a TV, computer screen and children’s toys.

Mrs Simpson said the council should write letters to everybody on the street to ask them to be more responsible and should monitor the situation more closely.

She said: “How anybody can contemplate doing this kind of thing is beyond me. All they have to do is pick up the phone to the council and it will be moved.”

SKDC’s operations director, Ian Yates, said: “Individuals need to take responsibility for their behaviour. We prosecute individuals who fly tip and take legal action when evidence can be obtained. If residents have information that can help us to resolve this issue then please contact us on 01476 406080

“We have cleaned and continue to clean this area on a regular basis and have had clean-up days in the past to 
alleviate some of the problem. We would like to continue to work with residents and plan to undertake another education exercise which will include information about how to use the black and silver bins correctly. If anyone would like to assist us, then please contact us on the above number.”

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said they had looked into the situation at the alley and said it will not prevent fire and rescue access.

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