Bins blamed for fly-tip chaos.
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MATTRESSES, washing machines, trolleys full of bricks and fridge freezers.
These are just some of the items regularly dumped in the alleyways around Cheetham Hill - and residents are fed up.
People in the area say fly-tipping has been a problem for around five or six years.
They believe it all started when private bins were replaced with large communal containers.
The communal bins are on alleyways around Clibran Street, Lecester Road, Wilby Street and Hawkeshead Road.
People travel to the area to fill the bins with large items of rubbish - and if their items don't fit, they just leave them next to the containers.
Alicia Flynn, who has her own private bins, has lived on Hawkeshead Road for 35 years and says the problem is 'heartbreaking to see.'.
She said the area used to be 'lovely', but things have gone from bad to worse.
Claiming people come from afar to dispose of all manner of rubbish, she said police traced a man, who was caught dumping items on CCTV, back to an address in Whitefield, Bury.
Alicia, 68, who lives with partner Roger Hunt, said: "About five or six years ago I woke up to banging and Manchester city council were putting containers in alleyways. Ever since then, this is how we have lived.
"It's absolutely horrendous. How can an area deteriorate like this because of bins? There is nothing more we can do as a community. People are being woken up in the night by people coming to fly-tip. All this stuff is dumped next to the containers.
The smell is horrendous." Council bosses said they are 'aware' of residents' concerns.
Executive member for neighbourhoods at Manchester council, Coun Rabnawaz Akbar, said: "Fly-tipping is an unacceptable crime, pure and simple." He added: "We're aware of concerns about the sweeps carried out in this area and having raised this issue with our waste contractor, we are currently monitoring to ensure that the standard of work improves."
Fly-tipping around Cheetham Hill
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|Publication:||Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)|
|Date:||Sep 11, 2019|
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