‘The most disgusting I’ve seen’
Volunteer rubbish collectors say landlords should take more responsibilty
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.”