Anger as junk piles up in Southsea road

Rubbish at the back of a property in Waverley Road
Rubbish at the back of a property in Waverley Road
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JUNK and rubbish is being left piled up in the gardens of homes in Southsea.

Adrian Gould, who lives in Waverley Road, says he is regularly confronted by plastic bags full of stinking waste, rotten vegetables and even soiled nappies when he walks along the pavement near his house.

Rubbish at a property in Waverley Road

Rubbish at a property in Waverley Road

Mr Gould said: ‘There’s a stretch of probably 20 multiple-occupancy houses. Pretty much all the houses in this stretch pile rubbish up in their front gardens.

‘We’ve had soiled nappies and all sorts of things just thrown into the road. It’s beyond belief.’

Mr Gould said he had already told Portsmouth City Council about the problem, and although refuse collectors made efforts to keep the road clean, the problem persisted.

He said: ‘Nobody takes responsibility because nobody who lives there owns the house.

‘It doesn’t matter how many times you call the council and they come around and tidy it up, it doesn’t solve the problem.

‘Somebody’s got to take responsibility for it.’

Mr Gould said one of the filthiest properties he had seen was 83 Waverley Road, which he believed had been unoccupied for six months.

He said there was a ‘mountain’ of rubbish at the back of the property including old car tyres, building waste and even a toilet seat.

Mr Gould said Land Registry records showed that Farokh Farokhi owned the property, and he was also the landlord of at least a dozen other properties in Waverley Road.

He called on Mr Farokhi to have the mess at the back of 83 Waverley Road cleaned up, and to get the tenants of his properties to keep the road tidy.

Mr Gould said failing that, the council should force the owners of the properties to clean up.

Paul Fielding, the council’s transport and environment assistant head, said: ‘Our powers are limited to force removal of rubbish on private land.

‘However following a conversation with the landlord they have cleared away some of the DIY debris.

‘We will continue to monitor the situation, but while we appreciate neighbours’ concerns it is difficult for us to enter anyone’s private property unless there is a danger to the public, which this waste isn’t considered to cause.’

The News was yesterday unable to contact Mr Farokhi for a comment.

Mr Gould said despite the mess, Waverley Road was not ‘a bad place to live’, and that only a minority of tenants were to blame for the mess.

It comes the day after The News revealed that the council is cracking down on litterbugs, with the worst offenders facing fines of up to £300.