The mess of rotting food and dirty nappies that’s been feasted on by rats for years outside a woman’s home

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A city centre street has been subject to an endless cycle of rotting waste scattered across the ground, fly-tipping – and rats.

A resident of Gore Street near Swansea central police station has documented the shocking mess that has kept appearing near her home for more than four years.

The images show the bottom of a steep lane where domestic refuse from a number of residential homes is put out for the weekly kerbside collection. They feature black bin bags piled high, frequently ripped open with their contents spilling out, which, it is claimed, then attract others to dump their own waste on top of.

Other images show bags ripped open, spewing their contents across the street, leaving nappies, food and other items splayed over the tarmac. Yet more show the area covered in food waste, even after the bags have been cleared away.



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“This all affects my blood pressure and well being,” said the resident, who asked to remain anonymous.

“It’s disgusting to have to exit where you live and be made to climb over litter, rats and fly-tipping for more than four years. I haven’t wanted to bring anyone back here past the mess all the years I’ve lived here.”



Some of the mess left in January, 2019


The state of the street in February, 2019, after bags were collected

She said that, sometimes, it was still a state even when the bags had been taken away.

“It’s annoying when you contact the council to be told we have to email with photos, or to go online to log it after staff have already left with half a job still to be done, staff who know it needs a street cleaner. I have a friend who is visiting this week for the first time in 16 months because of the pandemic, and he’s arrived to the worst state it’s been in for ages.

The resident said the issue had been so bad for so long there was a constant problem with rats, which she has also documented.



The street in November last year


Rats emerge from a hole next to where the rubbish is left

A spokesman for Swansea Council said household waste was collected regularly from the location.

He added: “However, we are aware that some residents are ignoring their collection day and are putting out waste throughout the week. This has created an ongoing litter problem which we are attempting to control with a number of litter enforcement measures. Since 2018, we have issued 36 statutory notices to residents at Gore Terrace and Clifton Hill. A further eight fixed penalty notices have also been issued to residents for breaching the notice.”



Debris left after a collection in July last year


The street last week after the kerbside collection had been completed


How the street looked this week

He said they were continuing to monitor the location and remove litter or household waste that had been dumped illegally.

“We will investigate further when evidence is present to identify those who are carrying out this selfish act. We sympathise with residents who continue to have to tolerate this anti-social behaviour but they can be assured we are doing all we can to keep the area clean”.



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