A major council has been accused of allowing vermin and fly-tipping outside a family’s home to fester so badly that they are effectively trapped indoors.
Jane Hill, 48, says rodents and overflowing bins metres from her home in Longsight, Manchester, have forced her to ban her children from playing outside.
The ‘disgusting’ state of the property peaked when she spotted a rat scampering across her bedroom, prompting her to move her mattress downstairs to the living room where she’s been sleeping ever since.
Despite Manchester City Council sending pest control to deal with the infestation, rats are still ‘running loose’ outside, Jane claims.
Meanwhile, a broken fence in the alleyway running along her property has been left unrepaired, creating an opening for fly-tippers to dump rubbish undetected.
Jane told Manchester Evening News: ‘We can’t live like this.
‘We’ve got a main road out the front and I’ve got an autistic child. So where do I let him go?
‘I can’t let him kick a ball in the alley. How can we play in the garden? There are two dead rats there. I’m not going to let my kids get ill.’
Jane continued: ‘There are always dead rats in that alleyway and it’s a health hazard. The dumpers throw bags everywhere.
‘It’s utterly disgusting. It’s an eyesore and it’s smelly.’
The mother said the council have ‘done their best’ and that her letting agents were ‘fantastic’, while a local councillor lay part of the blame on slow discussions with the neighbouring landowner.
A spokesperson for Manchester City Council said works to install new fencing along the alley has been arranged and will begin ‘immediately’.
Councillor Tracey Rawlins, executive member for environment, said: ‘We understand that there is an issue here as we have removed rubbish from the area previously.
‘Our officers have been working with the adjacent landowner for a number of months to resolve the issue with the broken fencing as we are aware that this is partly why flytipping incidents have occurred here.
‘Unfortunately, it has taken longer than we had initially expected but funding has been secured to install additional fencing on this boundary and site surveys and work to replace the fencing is due to begin immediately.
‘In the meantime, any further fly-tipping will be removed as quickly as possible to remove the attraction for pests.’
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