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Month-long pile of debris at Boscombe flats to go
A MASSIVE pile of rubbish outside a block of flats in Boscombe will be cleared today, residents have been promised.
Bags and boxes of debris have been steadily piling up outside the building in Palmerston Road, to the extent they were spilling over on to the pavement.
Bournemouth council has imposed today’s deadline for the clearance and letting agent RentinBournemouth.com said it will comply with this request.
Recycling officers from the council will be visiting the flats, as the address, which is believed to contain six studio flats, has just two small wheelie bins.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s been like this for a month. We’ve talked to the landlord who says we will get more bins.
“I worry about it attracting rats, especially if it gets warmer.”
Boscombe West councillor Chris Wakefield said: “We must ensure landlords have got sufficient bins for the type of properties that they are managing but I am surprised this has been allowed to get to this stage.
“A responsible landlord or agent would have dealt with this a lot sooner.”
In a statement, Rentin Bournemouth.com said: “This property has been subjected to flytipping.
“The rubbish is not from the residents of the property.
“We have already instructed a company on the landlord’s behalf to remove this rubbish and the landlord has already commissioned a builder to install a fence around the front of the property to avoid this happening again.
“We agree that this rubbish is completely unacceptable and we trust that the relevant authorities will clamp down on flytipping in this area.”
Mike Holmes, service director for planning and transport at Bournemouth council, said: “We are aware of the untidy state of the front of this property and have already contacted the owner giving them seven days to clear the site up.
“They have so far responded positively to our requests and have until today, January 21 to do the work.
“If the property remains in an unsatisfactory state after that the council will explore the option of taking more formal action.”