Huge pile of rub­bish left in city street

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A huge pile of rub­bish left in a Peter­bor­ough street drew in rats and cre­ated a foul smell, ac­cord­ing to an an­gry tenant.

Kelly McKen­zie said the sit­u­a­tion at Lime Kiln Close, West Town, where she has been rent­ing for the past seven years, has be­come worse with res­i­dents in the 50 to 60 flats hav­ing only two bin chutes for their rub­bish, and no re­cy­cling pro­vi­sion.

Kelly (38) said: “It’s been on­go­ing but I’ve never seen it this bad. It’s been like that for two to three weeks. I’m for­ever phon­ing peo­ple up but no one ac­cepts any re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“The smell is aw­ful and there have been rats seen. I’ve lived here for seven years and it’s got worse and worse.”

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil cur­rently con­tracts waste ser­vices out to Amey.

A coun­cil spokesman said its Amey of­fi­cer had told them one of the “un­der­ground banks” has been re­ported to the de­vel­oper for re­pair and that ex­cess rub­bish has been cleared up in the mean­time.

He said a driver was un­able to clear up the rub­bish on Tues­day as sched­uled, but that it was cleared up yes­ter­day.

He added: “We’ve now ar­ranged for some large ca­pac­ity bins to be put on site to con­tain the waste.”

An Amey spokesman said: “We are com­mit­ted to of­fer­ing a high qual­ity ser­vice to the peo­ple of Peter­bor­ough. Un­for­tu­nately, a col­lec­tion at Lime Kiln Close could not be com­pleted on Tues­day and had to be resched­uled for Wed­nes­day. We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused.”

Kelly rents from a pri­vate land­lord, but she said 12 of the prop­er­ties on the street are man­aged by Ac­cent Group.

A spokes­woman for Ac­cent Group said: “We are sorry to hear about the rub­bish prob­lem on Lime Kiln Close and for the dis­tress it is caus­ing. We want to re­as­sure res­i­dents that we are look­ing into it, but we have not been told why the bins are not be­ing emp­tied.”

Na­tion­spaces De­vel­op­ments, which is re­spon­si­ble for re­mov­ing bulk items by the prop­er­ties, said its clean­ing con­trac­tor had made the coun­cil aware of the sit­u­a­tion.

Kelly McKen­zie with the large pile of rub­bish in Lime Kiln Close

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