Mountain of rubbish stretching 30ft tall has ‘not been cleared in four years’

Shocking pictures show the disgusting heap that has left locals outraged and fearing for their children

Piles of fly-tipped rubbish dumped on Ford Street, Birmingham
Piles of fly-tipped rubbish dumped on Ford Street, Birmingham

A giant 30ft high mountain of fly-tipped rubbish in Birmingham has left local residents outraged and fearing for their children’s lives after being left outside their homes for four year.

The giant mound of rubbish on Ford Street in the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter has grown into a stinking mountain of waste, with homeowners forced to put up with festering piles of trash on their doorsteps since 2018.

The rat-infested mounds have forced parents to ban their children from playing outdoors and residents too embarrassed to invite friends and family around.

Shocking pictures show the disgusting heap made up of household rubbish, several sofas, mattresses, bin liners, chairs and piles of wooden pallets, BirminghamLive reports.

Locals have said shameless fly-tippers have been making their lives a living hell by constantly adding to the huge pile – all while they said the council has done nothing to remove it.

Homeowners have spoken of their anger after a huge 30ft mountain of rubbish dumped outside their homes has still not been cleared after four years


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The land in question has been privately owned since 2016 and is therefore not the council’s responsibility. The council has served notice to the landowner.

Dad-of-four Arjan Singh, 44, who lives on the road, said: “People are going to be visiting our city this summer and are going to see eyesores like this.

“What opinion do you think visitors are going to be left with when they see things like this? It is embarrassing.

“It began four years ago and nothing was done to clear the streets and then during the pandemic it has just got worse and worse.

Residents living on Ford Street, near to Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, have been left with festering piles of waste on their doorsteps since 2018


Anita Maric / SWNS)

“There are rats running about, its absolutely disgusting. Its like being in the Third World yet this is supposed to be a modern cosmopolitan city.

“It has made our area unsafe and unclean – something needs to be done as the problem is getting out of hand and causing everybody a lot of stress.”

Another homeowner, who did not want to be named, said: “The mess is just horrific and stinks.

“I won’t let my children play outside anymore because I’ve noticed rats running about and I think it’s a terrible health hazard.

“I’m also too embarrassed to ask my friends around to visit because I don’t want them to see the conditions I am living next to.

hocking pictures show the disgusting heap – which includes household rubbish, several sofas, mattresses, bin liners and piles of wooden pallets


Anita Maric / SWNS)

“But this has been going on for years now and still nothing has been done to clear it up. It makes me feel sick walking past it.

“The council needs to install CCTV as our own doorsteps have become a dumping ground for fly-tippers and nobody should be made to live like this.”

Anyone caught fly-tipping and illegally depositing waste could face a fine of up to £20,000 or even prison.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “Ultimately, the responsibility for this situation sits with the culprits.

“Those who dump waste are environmental criminals, who are expecting others in our city to foot the bill for the disposal of their rubbish and unwanted items.

“There is no excuse for this anti-social behaviour, which shows no regard for the surroundings in which we all have to live and work – there are many legitimate ways to get rid of waste.

“We investigate incidents and do not hesitate to prosecute offenders, as demonstrated in the past by many high-profile court cases.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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