Alleyway is ‘a disgrace’

The alleyway behind Cavendish Road.

The alleyway behind Cavendish Road.

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Residents of a Morecambe street have called on the city council to clean an alleyway behind their homes which has been untouched for more than six months.

Ross George said the alleyway behind his house in Cavendish Road had not been cleaned since December, and he had been told it’s not the council’s responsibility since it is unadopted land.

The alleyway behind Cavendish Road.

The alleyway behind Cavendish Road.

He said: “We pay our council tax but the council apparently won’t under any circumstances clean the land.

Mr George said the ginnel is littered with broken glass and dog faeces and occasionally has seen syringes scattered about.

He said: “Despite efforts by the people who live along here to put signs up, people still let their dogs use it as a toilet.

“Kids play along there and we have to request bin bags from the council to clear up all the mess so that the children don’t get hurt.

The alleyway behind Cavendish Road.

The alleyway behind Cavendish Road.

“It’s a disgrace and it’s dangerous. We have been told the land has to be left as it is for emergency services to get through but they can’t get down there anyway. We are not allowed to purchase it or do anything with it, yet the council won’t go on it.”

Mr George, who is 56, owned a garage business in the lane between 1999 amd 2007.

He said: “We have lived here for 22 years and it has been a constant battle with the council.

“When I had the garage we used to ring the council every Monday because of glass that had been left there.

“It’s getting worse. We are hitting a brick wall. Even if it was cleaned once a month it would help.

“There are some weeds growing 3ft tall and residents shouldn’t have to weed council property.”

A Lancaster City Council spokesman said the alleyway had been cleaned as the Visitor went to press due to dangerous objects having been found.

The spokesman said: “The alleyway is unadopted and should be the responsibility of the residents themselves.

“It is therefore not on our usual cleansing schedule but where we are alerted to a problem such as this where the litter is clearly dangerous we will go out and clear it.”