Portsmouth car park as’ a dump ‘after months of fly dumps building up next to North End residents’ gardens
Huge amounts of trash – ranging from broken sofas to rumble bags – have piled up in the private parking lot on London Road, near the junction with Kingston Crescent.
Several garages that are part of the site were also filled with mattresses, shopping carts and broken furniture.
In adjacent Havant Road, a resident said the site has attracted fly tippers for years, but the problem has grown ‘worse and worse’ over the past six months, with repeated calls for council to quit ‘he acts.
The resident, who has lived on the road for over three years and asked not to be named, said: ‘I noticed it when I first moved here and it got worse.
“It’s disgusting over there – it’s literally like a tip in the back of your garden.
“A few people mentioned that it was a fire hazard.
“I saw rats, mice, foxes – I have foxes in my garden all the time.
“The flies in the summer are absolutely disgusting, you can see them in the air all around the site.
“I didn’t see anyone throwing stuff – it’s pretty dark in there.
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The resident has emailed Portsmouth City Council a half-dozen times over the past four months, asking the local authority to report the issue to the owners of the land.
The amount of trash means it would take 15 separate customs clearance companies to clean up the site in a day under lockdown restrictions, according to an email from a council official consulted by The news.
Councilor Lee Hunt, who represents the Nelson neighborhood area, said council officers have contacted the owner of the site, whose responsibility is to dispose of the waste safely. There is no indication that the owner left the waste.
Cllr Hunt said: ‘Some abandoned cars need 10 days notice to be moved.
‘The council officers have assured me that if he doesn’t get along soon enough they will serve him an order and the council will clear up and he will be charged for it.
‘He told council agents he would clear up the situation. Now that he said he would, we have to give him time to do it.
“The difficulty is that it’s all private land. It’s very difficult.
“ But I’m coming to the end of my rope with her, just like the residents. ”