Social housing tenants blamed for pest infestation in area of Brentwood

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Irresponsible households have been blamed for not properly disposing of rubbish that is being left strewn across a densely populated part of Brentwood.

Alice Packer said that residents in Rollason Way have had to live with the behaviour for the last six months.

Ms Packer, who lives in area known as The Base, in the western end of the development, said inconsiderate neighbours are not only allowing their household waste, including soiled nappies and even used sanitary towels, to spilling on the road, but fly-tipping larger items including baby buggies, high chairs, mattresses and bed frames.

She claimed that Clarion Housing Association, which manages some properties at the entrance to Rollason Way, and Brentwood Borough Council have not responded to concerns about the amount of rubbish and fly-tipping, which she said has become unbearable.

The rubbish is now attracting rats, she added.

Ms Packer, who bought her flat two years ago, said: “It’s so bad that I am embarrassed to bring my friends and family.

“I am so embarrassed I won’t ask colleagues to pick me up from my front door. I walk to the station I am that embarrassed.

“If I had known what I know now – I didn’t know it was split in social housing and private owners – I would have not moved here. It’s that bad.”

She estimates that she has complained to Clarion 30 to 40 times.

She has called Brentwood Borough Council, which deals with fly-tipping, asking them to intervene around four times.

She added: “I am so fed up.

“If I had fly-tipped something I would have been fined but nothing seems to happen here.”

A Clarion Housing spokesperson said: “Maintaining the cleanliness of our communities is a priority for Clarion and we have continued with our inspection programme through the pandemic.

“After we received the reports our estate services team carried out a clean on Rollason Way on May 22, and a scheduled inspection will take place next week.

“If we receive reports of fly-tipping in-between inspections, we will always send an operative to visit and then arrange clearance regardless of the source.

“Fly-tipping has regrettably become a recurring issue in the local area, every time our operatives have visited and cleared the rubbish, there has been a further build up soon after.

“We have implemented more frequent inspections and are engaging with the local community in the hope we can change behaviour and work together to resolve the issue.”

Brentwood Council was contacted for a comment.

Discarded rubbish in Rollason Way, Brentwood

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