Dad’s anger at ‘disgusting’ rubbish behind home as council fails to act

Paul Barron has called on the council to intervene following a build-up of rubbish behind his property.
Paul Barron has called on the council to intervene following a build-up of rubbish behind his property.
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A son has called on council bosses to intervene as a “disgusting” build-up of rubbish behind his property continues to grow.

Paul Barron, 44, from Sunderland, bought a home for his mother Carol Chalk, 62, and stepdad Dennis Chalk, five weeks ago in Roseberry Street.

Paul Barron has called on the council to intervene following a build-up of rubbish behind his property.

Paul Barron has called on the council to intervene following a build-up of rubbish behind his property.

He has spent the time since renovating the property ahead of her planned move-in on Monday.

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However, he has been left appalled by the build-up of rubbish in the back lane behind the house.

More than 20 black bags full of household waste are strewn across the lane, while Mr Barron says some of it has blown into the front street, too.

It’s in a disgusting state

Paul Barron

Bedding, a sofa and a pushchair are among the other items which have been dumped there, and Mr Barron has been left enraged by a perceived lack of action from Sunderland City Council into the problem.

He said: “It’s in a disgusting state.

“I’ve phoned the council three times, my mother has called them and so have the neighbours, but they’ve done absolutely nothing.

“What are we paying council tax for? They keep fobbing us off and saying the matter has been passed to a different manager.

Paul Barron has called on the council to intervene following a build-up of rubbish behind his property.

Paul Barron has called on the council to intervene following a build-up of rubbish behind his property.

“It gets to a point when you think, ‘what is the point of phoning?’”

The problem is showing no sign of stopping, with Mr Barron fearing the area at the back of Roseberry Street, and the bottom of Newcastle Road, is becoming a fly-tipping hotspot.

He added: “The rubbish is being added to all the time.

“It’s an absolute mess. You would think it was Beirut, not Sunderland.

Paul Barron has called on the council to intervene following a build-up of rubbish behind his property.

Paul Barron has called on the council to intervene following a build-up of rubbish behind his property.

“My mum is disgusted by it.

“It hasn’t put her off, because the house has all been done up nice, but when you go to the back it is a totally different story.”

Portfolio Holder for City Services, Coun Michael Mordey, said: “Most residents dispose of rubbish correctly and take a pride in our city, and I would like to thank and praise those that do so. Likewise, I would also like to thank people like Mr Barron who report any problems to us so we can act when the resources become available.”