After months of hassle, pub bosses have finally managed to start clearing piles of rubbish from their beer garden.
Mark Hulme, in charge of security at the Old Dog Inn, in Church Street, Preston, said faeces, glass and plastic bottles and bits of stage from the former Rumes nightclub next door had been dumped at the rear of the pub for months.
He said: “Our beer garden has been overflowing with waste and it’s been attracting vermin.
“Also, if we have to eject someone, we take them throught the fire exit to the beer garden, and it doesn’t look good. We don’t want to put someone out and injure them.”
Rumes has recently closed down, and struggling to contact management for the building, Mark spoke to Preston Council’s Environmental Health team about the situation.
He said: “It’s important that something is done about the problem, but after Environmental Health coming to look and saying they’d be back in a couple of days, I’ve heard nothing for a week. I want to know what they can do to stop this happening again.”
Mark has now managed to make contact with the building’s owner, Parvis Shasvar, and said some waste has been removed, with a skip expected to arrive in coming days.
Mr Shasvar said: “We had tenants in, but as far as I know this problem has been resolved and it won’t be an issue in the future.”
A council spokesperson denied nothing had been done.
He said: “Environmental health officers attended the site following the complaint. Since then, officers have been in conversation with the management at Rumes and the debris has been removed from the fire exit.
“In instances such as these, officers try to work with businesses and offer advice. This has been taken on board and we thank all concerned for their co-operation.”