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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Used needles, human waste and fly-tipping blight Carlisle alley

Used needles, human waste and a broken fridge-freezer are just some of the items being dumped in a Carlisle alley.

Hylton Fisher photo
Hylton Fisher

The situation has got so bad, one father is refusing to let his children play outside for fear of who – or what – may be around.

The Fisher family claim the path off Balfour Road, on the city’s Raffles estate, is a magnet for antisocial behaviour.

Now they are calling for action and want to have the alley gated off to deter would-be yobs.

Hylton Fisher, 39, who lives in the property with his wife Michaela and three children, said enough was enough.

“The house is just around from the bus stop on Wigton Road,” he said. “People get off the bus then go down the lane and have a pee. We have found human waste as well.”

The family also have to put up with yobs throwing stones across a fence separating their garden from the path.

“We see drug dealers going around the back but we dare not say anything – next thing you know you could get a brick though your window.”

Mr Fisher added that he had also found used needles in the lane.

The alley behind his house is classified by as ‘unadopted’, meaning it is not maintainable at public expense. However, it is connected to a public stretch of road which is adopted.

It has also become the site of fly-tipping, most recently when a fridge-freezer was dumped behind Mr Fisher’s house.

“If I move it a few feet [to the adopted path] I would be the one fly tipping,” said Mr Fisher, whose family has lived there for almost six years.

He added that he will only let his children use the lane if he was there with them.

“I would love for my children to be able to play out the back,” the dad said. “I have been struggling to get gates in place so I can just open the back door and they can go out and play.”

Councillor Les Tickner, who represents the Belle Vue ward for Carlisle City Council, has been discussing the issue with Mr Fisher.

He helped to organise the removal of the fridge-freezer, which took place yesterday.

He said: “I am a big supporter of alley gates, they help stop fly tipping, and antisocial behaviour.”

Dr Tickner said he would now discuss the matter with officials at the city council and Cumbria County Council to try to get gates installed at Balfour Road.

“It is a long process but I will try to get it started,” he added.

A police spokeswoman said the force had no complaints on file about behaviour down the alley.

Have your say

why didnt these people ask there councillor for help in the first place.

Posted by gay guy on 13 July 2014 at 16:09

Wow there's some stupid people commenting today! I'm all for keeping my area clean and tidy and putting up hanging baskets, but why should this man go and clean up some druggies rubbish. I gotta ask would you do it?

Posted by Frank on 12 July 2014 at 21:07

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