Worst 10 dirtiest streets of Cheltenham revealed
TORCHED sofas, obscene graffiti and mounds of black bin bags were just some of the unwelcome additions which blighted Cheltenham's 10 dirtiest streets in the last 12 months.
The Echo can reveal a full list of the most-complained about roads which borough council workers were called out to for emergency cleaning.
And the results will make for difficult reading for St Paul's residents with the area accounting for four streets in the worst 10.
Cleaners were sent to Swindon Road, Russell Street, St Paul's North and Dunalley Parade a grand total of 43 times since October last year to clear up all manner of filth.
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An abandoned children's swing and road sign had to removed from Swindon Road after it was fly tipped on October 10, 2011, while rude graffiti had to be remedied in the same street in September this year.
Students left 15 bin bags outside a home in St Paul's Street North on July 3 while their peers dumped 24 bags outside a house in Dunalley Parade on a day earlier, according to complaints.
Councillor Andrew Lansley (St Paul's, LD) said he was "not surprised" St Paul's was so well represented in the worst 10.
He said: "St Paul's suffers from a perennial waste issue.
"I would say waste, environment and littering related issues are generally the number one complaint and concern raised by residents with me."
Mr Lansley's ward colleague, Councillor Jon Walklett (St Paul's, LD) agreed, but said the faults in St Paul's should not be blamed on students.
He said: "I believe that part of the problem is that as well as having a very densely populated ward, we have a high proportion of transient people who come in to the private rented sector who are here for six or 12 weeks.
"This sort of thing is a lot like anti-social behaviour in that it doesn't take many people to do it to make it a major problem.
" "I most certainly wouldn't cast the main blame on students.
"I would be hesitant to blame any one set of people."
John Rees, Cheltenham Borough Council's environmental maintenance manager, said: "We take fly tipping very seriously and will take direct action. People can either call us or email us to report any incidences of fly tipping.
"We aim to ensure a swift removal as these items are unsightly and may cause a danger.
"We may decide to get our enforcement team involved if there is a possibility we can trace whoever is responsible."