A furious man has endured a 15-year battle to have a pile of rat-infested waste removed from land next door to his home.
The homeowner – who wished to remain anonymous – claims despite regular petitioning and the involvement of local councillors, the issue is just as bad as it was when it started.
He said there are “stacks of rubbish, toilets, and rats” on the strip of land neighbouring him in Ryde Street, in the Sculcoates area of Hull, Yorkshire.
It is understood the land and its surrounds are a public right of way privately owned by the landlords of the nearby flats and garages, reports Hull Live.
This means the council itself has no jurisdiction, but the “frustrated and annoyed” man claims the owners are not interested in resolving the matter.
He blames much of the fly-tipping on people refurbishing their flats and then dumping the rubbish, but says their actions are having an affect on the building he lets out on the street.
“My building has got a shop at the bottom, it’s got a restaurant on the next floor and its got flats at the top,” he explained.
“It’s a hazard, an eyesore and thirdly the people in the flats have complained.
“There is about four toilets, there’s a bed spread, there is general rubbish.
“When people move flats they dump all sorts of rubbish. It is people in the area. Really you can tell who’s dumping the rubbish by who’s doing their houses up.
“We organised a petition to put gates on the tenfoot and got everybody to sign but the people who own the land don’t want to know because they don’t want to pay loads of money to move the rubbish or put gates up.
“Nobody really cares to be honest and it’s getting to the point where I can’t be bothered, we have done quite a bit and we just want to sell the building now and get out because it is just perpetual – it is continuous.
“We are maybe going to speak to solicitors about the man who owns the land moving the rubbish. It’s a mess, the area is a mess and that particular corner is a mess.
“It was only cleaned about 4 weeks ago, I got in touch with Councillor Ross and he was lovely and he cleared it.
“Obviously someone in the area has seen they have cleared it and thought if they just dump their rubbish they will just move it again.
“The only way around it is to put some gates on the tenfoot at the front”.
The man says he has an emotional attachment to the area, having lived there previously but says he feels “pushed out” due to the ongoing problem and has considered selling up.
He said: “It comes to a point where you think you do get desperate and you just think why don’t I just let the building rot and give the people in the flats notice, the people in the restaurant notice and then just close the building down and let it rot.
“Why don’t we just leave it where it is, let vermin in there and just let it all pile up and leave it in the tenfoot because there’s nothing else I can do really.”