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Littering in Blenheim Road, Deal, is the worst its been in 22 years

By Emily Stott

Littering in Blenheim Road is the worst its been in 22 years, says Deal resident.

Maria Havard, of Blenheim Road, has spoken out over littering and fly-tipping near her home.

She explained that the mess only started when the council installed a bin next to the phone box a few months ago.

Litter on Blenheim Road
Litter on Blenheim Road

Since then she says the street has become an eyesore.

She added: “If you can’t empty the bins regularly don’t put them out there. When we didn’t have the bin we had no rubbish there.

“I’ve lived there for 22 years and I’ve never seen it such an state, it’s an absolute eyesore.”

Mrs Havard contacted the district council to ask that the bin on Blenheim Road and another on the corner of Gladstone Road be emptied more regularly and also to raise her concerns that foxes and seagulls are adding to the mess by getting into the bins.

She believes the current mess has made people lose respect for the area and as a result she has seen a spate of fly-tipping on Blenheim Road.

More litter around the bins
More litter around the bins

“People have started fly-tipping their household waste there now too, when their own bins fill up, or go missing. It’s just lazy.”

Mrs Havard, who is training to be a qualified nurse, added that the council told her a duty officer would be in touch, but after two weeks she is yet to hear anything.

“They said they did not have the resources to empty the bins more regularly. I said they shouldn’t supply a service if they don’t have the resources to carry it out and asked that a duty officer get in touch with me.

She added: “Something needs to be done about this but the council aren’t interested.”

The district council has denied that the bins are not emptied regularly.

A DDC spokesman said: “We do understand residents’ concerns, but would stress that this bin is emptied on a daily basis.

“We have spoken to contractors, who confirm they have revisited this location to clear up litter around this bin, and we continue to monitor the situation.”

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