Anger at 'never-ending' fly-tipping problem in west Hull alley
RESIDENTS are angry about the state of a passageway in west Hull, where fly-tippers have dumped old furniture and dirty needles.
The pathway in Anlaby Road, which motorists and dog walkers use to cut through from Coltman Street to Saner Street, is an area locals try to avoid.
And they say as soon as Hull City Council clear up the mess, the problem returns.
Paul Spencer, 46, has been living in a block of four flats next to the alleyway for more than four years.
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He said: "I've complained a number of times to Hull City Council but it's an ongoing problem.
"People can drive through the passageway and it's one reason large items are dumped in the area.
"We also have an issue with groups of youths drinking in the alleyway and they regularly push sofas up against the fence and set fire to them.
"Nine times out of ten, when I wake up in the morning, there is something new out there that has been dumped.
"There's a mattress out near the car park at the end of the passageway at the moment and the needles have become more of a problem."
Mr Spencer said people have been mugged down the lane.
He moved in with his partner Donna, who already lived in the flat, and said the fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour has been going on for years.
There are two blocks of four flats and all of the occupants share one large yellow bin, which Mr Spencer says is not enough. "We need more than one bin. People leave bags on top of it because it's full and that's when the problem starts," he said. "Others come and split them open to have a look at what's inside and then throw the rubbish all over the place.
"If the bin collections change to every two weeks, it will get a lot worse.
"The bin is always full by the end of Monday and it doesn't get collected until the Tuesday.
"The rubbish is then blown all over the car park and I have had to clear it up in the past."
Mr Spencer said he would like to see the passageway blocked off at the Saner Street end to help reduce the problem.
He said: "Something needs to be done about it because the issue is never-ending."