Shop owners on a busy Nottingham street are calling for more to be done to clean “disgusting” waste.
Dog mess, graffiti, litter, and overgrown bushes have all been listed as problems faced by a group of small businesses along Carlton Road between Lidl and Alma Road.
Workers say they have now started cleaning paths outside their shops most mornings themselves.
And one owner claimed the only time the area was cleaned properly was when Prince Harry visited Russell Youth Club in 2016.
Council bosses say it has been hard to keep up regular maintenance work during the pandemic but they would try to address the concerns about Carlton Road.
Carol Foreman, 60, who has lived in Carlton for 23 years, said the road is “deteriorating” and added it needs “sweeping and [vegetation] cutting back”.
She said: “The whole area has become terrible, if it’s not dog mess it’s litter, graffiti, overgrown trees.
“It’s been really bad for the past five years, it’s deteriorating.
“The whole area needs cutting back and sweeping, we shouldn’t have to be clearing the dog mess, it’s just terrible.”
Ms Foreman said she was racially abused after confronting a man who left “piles” of food for pigeons on the path along the main road.
“There were 13 piles of it, they put down cooked food, Rice Krispies, everything,” she added.
“When I spoke to him, he gave me a mouth full of racial abuse.”
Emma Clarke, owner of Emma’s Sandwich Bar claims she has not seen a litter picker in months.
The 45-year-old said: “There’s always a lot of mess, we used to have a road sweeper, but not anymore.
“We never see the council cleaning up, we’ve not seen a litter picker in months.
“Prince Harry went round to Russell Youth Club, there was bin man picking every leaf up on his route here, that’s the only time they’ve pulled out all the stops.”
Sandhu Tarsem, 65, who owns Sneinton Elements Post Office expressed her fears for bin bags dumped by people outside her shop soon attracting rats and said she had experienced antisocial behaviour.
She said: “We get graffiti on the ATM machine and we provided a bin for ATM receipts, but no one uses it.
“The bin in front of the shop, people bring their own rubbish and leave it next to there, we’re going to get rats out here soon, it needs sorting.
“Somebody threw eggs at the shutter, we washed it down, cleaned it and the next day it had eggs on it again, like they waited for us to clean it.”
Cammile Reid, 40, runs Sizzla C Hair Salon and first opened along Carlton Road 12 years ago.
She said: “There’s dog mess, Chinese, cans of beer, cigarettes, it’s really disgusting, there’s always food in my doorway and I’m always cleaning it.”
Ms Reid explained she confronted someone smoking outside her shop but said the individual replied with racial abuse.
Kevin Hatton, 54, has run Nottingham Workwear on Carlton Road since 2015 and says cigarette butts outside his shop are his main issue.
“We get beer cans, and we get nub ends which are my biggest problem, but I sweep up every day outside, which doesn’t bother me,” he said.
Council cleaning boss Eddie Curry apologised over the concerns explaining that his staff had been forced to prioritise essential work during the pandemic due.
Mr Curry, Nottingham City Council’s head of public realm said: “Our frontline staff have been working exceptionally hard over the past 16 months to keep essential services running in the face of a global pandemic.
“Like many large organisations, we’ve had significant numbers of staff either off sick with Covid or in isolation, which has meant street-cleaning teams frequently being moved around at short notice to cover essential services like bin collection.
“We’re sorry that some people feel their area may have been neglected a little during this time.
“We do care very much about these issues and want residents and business owners to be proud of their communities and how they look.
“We will endeavour to take another look at this section of Carlton Road as soon as possible.”
This story was written as part of Nottinghamshire Live’s collaboration with journalism students at Nottingham Trent University. We asked readers to submit their concerns via a form on our website and the result is this story.
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