‘The most dis­gust­ing I’ve seen’

Vol­un­teer rub­bish col­lec­tors say land­lords should take more re­spon­si­bilty

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - News - By Joe Wright jwright@thek­m­group.co.uk @joe_wright98

Land­lords and es­tate agents are be­ing blamed for not help­ing to pre­vent an over­flow of rub­bish in a Can­ter­bury street.

Vol­un­teers re­cently spent hours clear­ing up the fes­ter­ing mound of waste in St Martin’s Ter­race, just off North Holmes Road.

Among them was Sian Pettman, a vet­eran lit­ter picker. She says she and a col­league bagged up 15 sacks of waste.

She said: “I have done many street clean-ups over the last few years, but prob­a­bly none as dis­gust­ing as this one.

“The rub­bish is a se­ri­ous in­dict­ment of the let­ting agents that man­age the houses.”

The clean-up took place last Wed­nes­day. But mother-of-three Mrs Pettman says the rub­bish is al­ready build­ing up again.

She said: “It is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able these com­pa­nies al­low an en­vi­ron­men­tal health hazard to de­velop in the same place again, and again, and again.”

A key prob­lem, she says, is the use of com­mu­nal bins rather than wheelie bins.

She said: “Land­lords and let­ting agen­cies have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide ad­e­quate and ap­pro­pri­ate refuse fa­cil­i­ties for their ten­ants.

“Many of the ten­ants would like a stan­dard wheelie bin out­side each house. This seems like a sen­si­ble so­lu­tion, but the let­ting agents seem un­will­ing to pro­vide them.”

A spokesman for Redlet, the prop­erty firm which man­ages a num­ber of the prop­er­ties in the road, re­fused to com­ment on the claims when con­tacted by the Gazette.

Mrs Pettman said: “Iron­i­cally, Redlet have a strapline say­ing they are ‘the let­ting agents that care’ and their web­site says ‘we’ve seen it from all sides, so we know what’s needed to keep ev­ery­one happy, safe and feel­ing con­fi­dent in their let­ting agent’. That’s cer­tainly not the case on St Martin’s Ter­race.”

Sian Pettman

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