RESIDENTS have told how their neighbourhood is plagued by RATS after lazy fly-tippers dumped 100 TONS of rubbish on the street.
Fed-up locals claim the discarded rubbish makes the estate stink – and have blamed local students for the RATS mess.
Neighbours in Selly Oak, Birmingham, have nicknamed their area “Smelly Oak” after being driven mad by the pong.
Shocking images show smashed furniture, overflowing bin bags, mattresses, rotting food and empty booze bottles abandoned on pavements and street corners.
David Luo, 59, a tutor, said: There’s trash absolutely everywhere. The wind is picking it up and blowing it all over the streets.
“It’s so dirty. There’s everything you can think of – furniture, beds, clothes.
“The worst is their papers, because they fly everywhere.
“I’ve lived here for two years and it’s the same every summer.
“The council knows it is going to happen so why don’t they do something?
“They should put skips in the street for students to put their rubbish. It is much better than fly-tipping.”
Last year more than 100 tonnes of trash was dumped as undergrads moved out of their rented term-time accommodation.
Birmingham City Council had to draft in extra refuse teams to clear the mess.
Neighbours say the mess attracts rats and leaves a ‘horrendous smell’ in the air.
Church minister Andrew Martin, 44, said: “It’s pretty dreadful on the whole.
“The other side of the road becomes a real dumping ground.
“It happens every year – it’s terribly sad when we see it but it never changes.
“The story that goes around is that the landlords tell the students ‘just dump it outside, no-one gets fined and the council will clean it up’.
“I can’t say for sure that is the case.
“We’re hoping it might all be picked up a little quicker because Birmingham is hosting the Commonwealth Games.”
City councillors in Birmingham had warned students to keep the streets clean before heading home.
But they also accused some landlords of dumping junk themselves .
Council environment boss Majid Mahmood said: “The departure of students at the end of the academic year is always a period of increased demand on our waste collection and street cleansing teams.
“We put in extra resources every year and work with the university and student organisations – but ultimately there is a need for students and their landlords to treat their local areas with respect as everyone living in the area rightfully has the expectation of clean streets.”
A University of Birmingham spokesman said: “We work closely with our local councillors, our Guild of Students and students in private accommodation to help keep Selly Oak clean at the end of each academic year.
“Our active Community Warden team, with representation from staff and students, works with residents in sharing advice on bin collections, charity donations, recycling and upcycling.”
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