Disgusted tenants have opened up about living in a Sheffield suburb with a “plague of rats and flies” from overflowing bins that have left them unable to open their windows
Disgusted tenants have revealed what it is like to live with "a plague of rats and flies" in a Sheffield suburb.
Sheffield City Council have installed skips outside the doors at Callow Place, Gleadless, closing the rubbish chutes previously used inside the buildings and leaving tenants to deal with the smell and critters.
One man, who did not want to be named, told Yorkshire Live: "I’m absolutely fed up with the rubbish bins, it is a plague of rats and flies.”
He said as well as the "millions of flies", tenants have to put up with the smell of the bins, which was particularly bad during the summer months.
"They stink awful. If you live on the first floor you can barely open your window," he added.
He added that fly tipping has become a major problem, saying: “"People come from everywhere and dump their rubbish here. It's absolutely outrageous the amount of rubbish.”
Another said he has seen transit vans from construction sites visiting several times before, arriving in the early hours to dump rubble in the bins.
But he said the problem has improved since the council installed signs announcing fines for anyone caught.
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The man said that he is affected by the smell and by flies landing in his food if he opens a window – despite living high up in the block and installing protective measures.
He was also concerned for his elderly and disabled neighbours, worrying they might struggle to carry bin bags outside.
Everyone interviewed said they hope the council will open the chutes again.
It is understood the rubbish chutes were first closed during the pandemic, when workmen could not clean them, but the council have since announced plans to close chutes across the city.
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Councillor Paul Wood, Executive member for housing, previously said he was aware properties have contacted housing services.
He said: “At Callow, we have been told of four other addresses that are experiencing fly issues but the type, cause and extent of the problem is yet to be assessed.
“These addresses have been referred to environmental services for inspection and appropriate treatment.
“The process for the closure is still to be finalised and will be done in consultation with residents but the initial programme is scheduled to start in January 2022 and will include four high rise blocks, the three Deer Park towers in Stannington and Hanover tower at Exeter Drive.
"The remaining 20 tower blocks will be part of a future programme delivered over the next two to five years.
“We are working through an appropriate structure survey and whether there is any general advice we can give to residents.”
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