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Eyesore sight is blighting our lives

PUBLISHED: 16:15 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:16 07 May 2010

Dumping ground: John Elvin with the rubbish off Heigham Street, Norwich. Photo: Andy Darnell.

Dumping ground: John Elvin with the rubbish off Heigham Street, Norwich. Photo: Andy Darnell.

Families have today told how their lives are being ruined by a plot of land which is being treated as a rubbish tip and is overrun with rats and mice.

Families have today told how their lives are being ruined by a plot of land which is being treated as a rubbish tip and is overrun with rats and mice.

A mattress and settee are among some of the items of rubbish to have been dumped at the site near to the garages in Derby Street off Heigham Street, Norwich.

John Elvin, of Bailey Court, who lives near the site, said people living in the area have had enough of the site being used as an unofficial dumping ground.

Mr Elvin, 74, said: “There is a lot of rubbish there and a settee has been dumped there, alongside a mattress.

“We're angry because it's not fair on us who live in Bailey Court or other people who live in the area.

“We have been to see the council to see what it can do about it because there are rats and mice running about there. We don't know who owns the site.”

Mr Elvin's sister Barbara, 70, who lives with him, said: “People who live that bit closer to the site would be more affected than we are.

“We're also worried because it's close to a playground and swings where children play.”

Norwich City Council said today that, as it was private land, it was the responsibility of the landowner to clear it, and it was therefore restricted in what it could do.

Mancroft ward city councillor Tom Dylan said he knew the site and would continue to urge Norwich City Council to get it cleaned up.

He said: “I am aware of the situation and that it's a real problem for residents.

“We will continue to lobby the city council to tidy up the area, or to force the owners to do it. If something's not done soon environmental health may have to be brought into it.”

A Norwich City Council spokeswoman said: “Where waste is illegally dumped on private land it is the responsibility of the landowner to clear it.

“Norwich City Council makes every effort to advise landowners on the best way to clear such incidents, but unfortunately in some cases there is a lack of co-operation.

“In these cases we can issue a notice to make the landowner clean up the area, but need to follow the correct legal procedures before we reach that point.”

Fly-tipping is one of the issues raised by the Evening News's Reclaim Our Communities campaign, backed by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, which calls on families to raise report problems with anti-social behaviour.

t Is your life being blighted by an eyesore where you live? Call Evening News reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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