Action to be taken on ‘slum’ alleyways

'Slum': Martyn Rawlinson

'Slum': Martyn Rawlinson

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Council chiefs have vowed to tackle a notorious flytipping hotspot in Preston.

Bosses at Preston Council say action will be taken to clean up the streets around Dundonald Street and Samuel Street, in Preston, after reports of constant flytipping.

Last week, residents complained that litter bugs had turned the area into a “slum” after dumping rotting household waste, furniture and rubble in alleyways in the area.

Residents reported seeing vermin and syringes buried in the refuse.

One resident said the problem had become so bad that he had stopped allowing his children to play out for fear they would injure themselves on the rubbish.

Most of the alleys in the neighbourhood are already gated and now Preston Council has pledged to block off access to ginnels in Samuel Street and Dundonald Street to block off the litter bugs.

A spokesman for the authority said: “Many of the back alleys that join with Fishwick Parade are already gated and we are in the process of gating Samuel Street and Dundonald Street in the near future to further improve the situation.

“Our waste enforcement officers investigate incidents of flytipping to see if we can identify those responsible and take action against them.”

A number of people have been fined for flytipping in alleys around Dundonald Street and Great Townley Street, in Fishwick, in recent months.

Coun Martyn Rawlinson, who represents Fishwick, said: “Flytipping affects community spirit and attracts criminal activity to an area.

“Alleygates will certainly help the problem but we also need to re-educate people. Most of the streets are already gated and I welcome the gating of more of the streets.”