RESIDENTS have told the Advertiser that ‘more than a litter pick is needed’ to clear an area at the back of their Godfrey Drive homes.
When the Advertiser asked Erewash Borough Council about the area behind the Kirk Hallam homes last week a spokesman said it would be targeted during Borough Blitz – the authority’s annual month long clean-up campaign.
But Jack Mitchell, who has lived on the Kirk Hallam street for more than 40 years, said this week that more needs to be done if the area is to be rid of its problems for good.
He said: “The problem with it is that people look at it and think no one cares so why should I?
“It’s in a real state round there and it’s not just the rubbish and fly tipping.
“There are trees that have fallen down, it’s not been looked after for years now.”
He explained that he believes part of the problem is also down to the fact that no one is sure who owns which parts of the land as Three Valleys Housing are in charge of the service road and Erewash Borough Council are responsible for other sections of the plot.
Mr Mitchell added: “From what I understand Three Valleys are responsible for the service road and the area nearest to the houses at least.
“It’s not that nothing is ever done, there are times when rubbish is cleared but because the area is in such a state people just come back and dump more stuff here.
“It could be a lovely area for people to walk and children to play, it was when we first moved here but it’s gradually got worse over the years.”
The Advertiser contacted Three Valleys but they did not comment.