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Rubbish pile-up leaves South Croydon residents in a mess

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A PILE of rubbish bags has blocked residents' access to their flats and spilt onto the pavement for two months after a housing company failed to renew the contract for the property's wheelie bins.

Residents of 11 Nottingham Road, South Croydon said the bins went missing almost two months ago and residents have since put rubbish bags where the bins used to be by the street.

The council still collects the rubbish but in between collections the mound of black bags has become a favourite with local foxes who tear the sacks and spread the rubbish over the pavement and road.

Residents added council workers did not collect torn rubbish sacks.

The flats are owned by Notting Hill Housing who provides permanent rented accommodation for people nominated to them through the council.

The front door of Michael Davis' flat is just ten metres from the mess. He has to use a different entrance to the property because of the mound of bin liners, which he has tried to keep tidy.

Mr Davis, who has lived in the flats since 1995, said: "I don't know what to do anymore. It has been worse than this with bluebottles flying around. It's disgusting.

"I've been trying to clear it up but when I try to straighten the bags people bring more and it piles up again.

"I don't want to open this front door and see rats running around, I'm not very happy about the whole situation."

Graham Bulled, another resident, said: "It's been like that easily for two months since the bins went missing. It's disgusting. It's worse than fly tipping because it's the responsibility of an establishment."

Notting Hill Housing rent the bins from the council. Rajni Lal, Notting Hill Housing officer in charge of the site, said the bins were taken away by the council after the housing company failed to pay for them.

Ms Lal said she does not know why the bins were not paid for as the previous housing officer was responsible for renewing the contract. She said she renewed the contract for the bins last Friday (September 19) and they should be returned this week (September 22).

"We are aware of the problem," she said. "The council took them away because they weren't paid for. They should be put back this week."

Rubbish pile-up leaves South Croydon residents in a mess


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