Families are crying out for gates and recycling bins in one of the city’s worst affected areas for fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.
Residents of Preston Street, Smallthorne, have made headlines in the past with complaints about rats, rubbish, ‘druggies’ and a ‘death trap’ garage roof.
But families say their complaints have fell on deaf ears as the problems continue. They’ve also demanded recycling bins and alley gates be installed before warmer arrives – bringing with it even more filth and anti-social behaviour.
The latest call on the council for action came before the country went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Not only is the filthy and dangerous environment a concern, the alleys are also uneven and collect huge pools of water.
One grandma says she has to ‘wade through’ puddles to with her grandchildren in tow.
Mum-of-six Adelle Phillips, aged 49, said: “We’ve got bins but not recycling bins. We want the council to do something about these entries. I grew up here on Cliff Street, this never used to be like this.
“Kids play here. I have to bag all my recycling up, the bin men say they can’t get the wagon down here so they can’t give us the bins.
“The council won’t let me adopt these but they won’t adopt them and put fences up. They won’t do it but they won’t let us do it.”
Marica Johnson of Preston Street said: “Just look at the state of everything. The council isn’t spending any money. This bag of rubbish has been here for months.
“Boris Johnson promised he would repay the people Stoke-on-Trent with his election promises. We’re living with this daily. It’s not as bad as it has been because it’s winter.
“But in the summer, there’ll be needles and all sorts. We’ve even had prostitutes.
“Kids play on these garages, they run up and down all along them, it’s an accident waiting to happen.
“When it rains it all fills up with water and I have come down with the grandkids and I have to wade through this puddle.”
The 66-year-old grandmother added that dog mess and other forms of excrement are also present on the street.
“This sick has been here three weeks,” said Marica, pointing to a festering patch on the pavement near her home. “I’ve phoned the environment crime. I asked them for a street cleaner and they told me they don’t do it anymore. Then I saw one coming down the road, so they do still do it.”
Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for environment said: “We encourage all our residents throughout the city to recycle.
“Residents in Preston Street have a weekly collection for general waste and a fortnightly collection for recycling via a recycling box.
“In addition residents have a blue bag for paper which is emptied fortnightly along with the box. If residents don’t have a box or bag they can be requested via contacting 01782 234234 and they will be delivered to the properties.
“Private alleyways such as those at Preston Street are the responsibility of the adjacent residents; therefore it is the responsibility of these residents not the city council to maintain.”