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Household Waste: The Squalor blighting Netherthorpe Tower Blocks

Peter MacLoughlin, a tower block resident from Sheffield writes about his experiences challenging the council over waste disposal and refuse chutes.

Household Waste The squalor blighting Netherthorpe Tower Blocks

‘Bulk rubbish and furniture is often left on landings and in public spaces and is not removed for some time. Perhaps skips could be provided? The area looks shabby. In some areas there is a problem with people setting light to the rubbish that is left around. There are not enough caretakers to keep on top of the problems. The refuge collectors often leave a mess. Some felt that the bins should be emptied and cleaned more regularly. The estate streets are really swept. Some tenants throw rubbish from the windows they should be identified and acted against. The Council should supply clear information to residents (in appropriate languages) stating how to use chutes and how to get rid of bulk rubbish‘.

These were the opinions of residence of Netherthorpe tower blocks within: interim Report on consultation exercise for NWICAP carried out by Priority Estates Project PEP North July 1994.

Netherthorpe Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) representatives sitting on Hillside Area 5 housing committee. “Requested that the housing department provide a system for the removal of bulky rubbish/furniture from within and around the tower blocks”. (ref: Sheffield Housing Department Report 25th August 1994: Discussion group for Tenants Association representatives Tenant‘s Association on Area Housing Committee’s.)

“The most alarming thing of all that I have increasingly met is the perception, by local people of Netherthorpe of how remote, inaccessible and secretive has the Council become.

We have, in effect, told our residents that they will be obliged to live in squalor; that their pathways and open spaces will remain filthy and strewn with months of discarded garbage.” (ref: Viv Lockwood executive member of Netherthorpe Labour Party Branch (NLPB) in a confidential letter to all NLPB ward executive members in 1995.

Neighborhood and Community Standard

Registered providers should keep the neighborhood and communal areas associated with the homes that they own clean and safe. They shall work in partnership with the tenants and other providers and public bodies where it is affective to do so.

Specific Expectations on Neighborhood Management

Registered providers shall consult with tenants in developing a public policy for maintaining and improving the neighborhoods associated with their homes. This applies where the registered provider has a responsibility (either exclusively or in part) for the condition of that neighborhood. This policy shall include any communal areas associated with the registered provider’s homes.

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