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Couple campaign to have alley cleaned

OVERGROWN nettles, dog faeces and litter are some of the hazards endured by pedestrians walking though a well-used Shirley alleyway.

OVERGROWN nettles, dog faeces and litter are some of the hazards endured by pedestrians walking though a well-used Shirley alleyway.

John Cunnion and his partner Karen Harridin use the route between Hazeloak Road and Velsheda Road each day to take their children to Burman Infants School.

The couple are worried the conditions in the alleyway are dangerous to young children and that the council's efforts to tidy up the mess have been "half-hearted".

Council contractors trimmed back nettles last weekend but John said their action scattered the dog mess even more.

"We have been talking to the council for the last 18 months trying to get something done.

"They tidied up last summer, removed bushes and cut nettles back which made it much more pleasant. But it has become overgrown since then and more dog owners are using the alley with their dogs."

Karen has filmed the alley and captured 50 separate images of fouling, copies of which have been sent to the council.

"A lot of parents and young children use that alley so we think it should be cleared properly once

and for all," said John.

A council spokesperson said: "We try to keep the many alleyways and walkways throughout the borough as clear and clean as possible at all times.

"Some areas need cleaning more than others. We have alerted our contractors to the alleyway and it will be cleaned within the next 10 days. We will now monitor and clean this site more often." ..SUPL:

 

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