Action taken on dangerous site

Action has been taken by Community Protection Officers to clear up a dangerous site on a quiet residential street in Bobbers Mill.

A yard at the back of properties on Darley Avenue had been used for dumping cars and rubbish, creating a health and safety hazard.

Problems had been ongoing at the site for two years and despite fines and notices being issued, the condition of the site had got worse. They included unsanitary waste, contamination, the attraction of pests, fire hazards, regular fly-tipping, an unsafe generator in a building where there was evidence of someone sleeping, large numbers of damaged and abandoned vehicles and blocked fire access.

Last month, on a ward walk with local councillors Mohammed Saghir and Glyn Jenkins and council officers, the site was revisited and actions were agreed to address the issues. As a result, around 45 abandoned vehicles will be removed from the site, and the site owner has agreed to clear the remaining fly-tipped material.

Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, Cllr Toby Neal, said: “This site was an absolute mess, full of rubbish and abandoned cars. On one occasion when our officers attended, there were fires burning in buildings creating awful smells and pollution for residents nearby.

“I’m pleased we’ve been able to take this action to remove hazards from the site so that local people can return to being able to enjoy life in their homes and gardens without the risks that this site posed.”

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