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Flytippers blight secluded lane


Fly-tippers are ruining a secluded lane behind a town centre street.

People living in and around Spring Gardens, Newark, say Green Lane at the back of their homes is being used as a dumping ground.

Pushchairs, toys and shopping trolleys are just some of the discarded items.

The problem is so bad that residents often clear the rubbish themselves.

They have also put up signs in a bid to deter those dumping the rubbish. It is thought parents are particularly to blame because of the amount of unwanted children’s items.

Mrs Elaine Selfridge (47) has lived in Spring Gardens for about 35 years.

She remembers when there was a gate at the Albert Street end of Green Lane to which all residents had a key.

She said that something similar could solve the latest problem.

Mrs Selfridge said the fly-tipping occurred in phases.

“I have taken some of it away and so have others but we shouldn’t have to do it,” she said.

Staff at Victoria House Care Home, on Victoria Street, are also disgusted by the mess.

The rear entrance to the home, which is for people with learning difficulties, can be accessed only via Green Lane.

Senior support worker Wendy Dickson said the rear entrance was the most suitable for wheelchair users and that the lane used to provide a pretty setting to take residents on walks.

“It is sad. Some of the residents do comment on the rubbish,” she said.

Dareen Morgan, the service provider, said in the six years she had worked at the home the problem seemed to have got steadily worse.

She said they were worried the rubbish could attract rats.

The manager, Mrs Vera Allen, said: “It doesn’t take five minutes just to go to the tip and I am sure whoever is responsible wouldn’t do this in their own back gardens. It is disgusting.”

Mrs Brenda Gardiner (75) who lives on Green Lane, said there was also a problem with dog fouling.

She said residents worked hard to make the area presentable and attractive.

“It is soul destroying when you have worked hard to make it look nice,” she said.

Mrs Gardiner said the fly-tipping was probably happening because people did not want to pay to have their rubbish taken away.

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