Piles of rubbish dumped in area slammed as 'rat infested disgrace'

By Zoe Peck

Residents of a Liverpool suburb have described the area as "a filth-ridden, rat-infested disgrace" after an image of a street full of litter was posted on social media.

Laura Brown posted a photo of Ormsby Street, a cul-de-sac off Lawrence Road in Wavertree, on Twitter yesterday morning showing rubbish including a discarded bed.

Taken whilst travelling on her regular route to work, the caption read "This is not okay [ Liverpool Council ]."

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Speaking to the ECHO, Laura said: "It's both heart-breaking and frustrating to see the neighbourhood's streets not being looked after the way they should.

"Habitable homes are not just a necessity, they're a human right and it shouldn't be the responsibility of campaigners to make sure streets are fit to live in."

A spokesperson for Lawrence Residents Action Group said littering and dumping in the area was "a daily occurrence, [growing] incrementally during recent years."

They said: "We have reached a crisis point. The past four years have been particularly bad due to overdevelopment of [houses of multiple occupation] in the area."

They said overcrowding in houses has "inevitably" contributed to "excess waste" in the area.

They added: "We are aware of the alley gate area on Alderson Road being a particular hotspot for dumping and also the cul-de-sacs at Ormsby, Wilkie and Southey Streets.

"However this issue has reached extreme proportions across the whole of the Picton ward area.

"Our streets and alleyways are a filth-ridden, rat-infested disgrace and we have had enough of accepting this as the norm.

"Lawrence Residents Action Group strongly believe that the council must stop dealing with each incident as a separate issue, requiring a separate complaint, taking days to be dealt with or often just ignored, even by the affected residents themselves who just grow tired and despondent."

The group has now called for "a strong focus on robust, preventative measures by Liverpool City Council and all concerned" and "initiatives to encourage community empowerment, reaching all members of our community" and "for [landlords] to be held accountable for their impact when things repeatedly go wrong."

Nada Al-Hakimi, the owner of clothing shop Islamic Touch, which borders Ormsby Street, said customers had complained about the smell of the bins next to the shop.

She said: "[Littering] is a recurring thing.

"The smell puts customers off. We've had to buy air fresheners.

"The council should put a camera up. "

Council officials yesterday confirmed they had cleaned up the street the same morning as Laura's tweet was shared and added that work was being done to identify the people responsible for dumping waste.

A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: "Council’s waste crews visited earlier today and cleared the waste, swept the street and emptied contaminated bins.

"Evidence found within the waste identifies two people. Both will be written to under PACE (police and criminal evidence act) conditions for fly tipping."

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