Up your alley – the Aylesbury rat-run that nobody wants to know

Just some of the rubbish that has built up in the alley
Just some of the rubbish that has built up in the alley
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A woman has become so distressed by the sight of a town centre dumping ground that she has borrowed money to build a fence to block the view.

The alleyway between Eastern Street and Park Street is a popular spot for fly-tippers, with everything from mattresses and washing machines to household rubbish being left by people.

The land is private property, meaning the county and district councils are not responsible for cleaning it up.

Fed up with looking at the grot spot, Eastern Street resident Sarah Wilson borrowed some cash from her dad for a fence so that she does not have to see it.

She said: “Now the summer is upon us, the sight, smell and general decay is getting me down.

“It is unpleasant to see this from my kitchen window and especially our back yard.

“Over the years I have spoken with shop owners, councils and environmental health and no-one is willing to take responsibility or interest in helping to maintain this area.

“Over the years we have seen dealings and fights taking place.

“On one occasion I had to call the police as it was getting out of hand.”

The Bucks Herald reported on the problem in the service road back in April, but since then nothing appears to have changed.

Ms Wilson said: “The pile of rubbish is getting bigger and rats have been seen.”

A Bucks County Council spokesman said the dumping would have to be on a highway for them to clean it up.

Aylesbury Vale District Council said it is aware of the situation and is using a system where residents can borrow litter pickers to collect rubbish and it will pick the waste up from an agreed location.