Students are creating a big stink along a street in Cardiff as they are failing to get rid of their rubbish, a residents’ group said yesterday.
Homeowners along Mackintosh Place, near Albany Road, said the towering bags of uncollected rubbish were festering in the heat and creating a strench.
One landlord in the area said there were an increasing number of rodents and birds scavenging among the bags of decomposing rubbish.
Widowed grandmother-of-two Margaret Harries, 80, who has lived on the street for 51 years, said the street had become a “slum”.
The residents’ group chair said students needed to put their rubbish out on the correct collection days – and the council should take rubbish from inside property boundaries.
Mrs Harries said: “I mean the smell, especially in this warm weather, is atrocious. It’s a disgrace – There are bottles and tins of food just dumped on the ground and not even put in bags. I’m waiting on an epidemic to start.
“We are living in a slum and we are paying for it. We pay our rates so I can’t see why we need to put up with this stinking rubbish.
“I don’t have anything against students but we’re trying to keep our streets tidy, and I can’t see why the council won’t do anything.”
Mum of two Beverly Brtany and her husband Janos, 64, have lived on the street for 35 years.
But the smell and mess has become such a problem that the couple have begun searching for a new home.
Mrs Brtany, 66, said: “It’s like living in a slum, and it’s not just now – It’s all the time. I’m ashamed for people to see it.
“I have approached landlords and they have told me in no uncertain terms to ‘F’ off. They don’t care.”
Sajid Qasim, office manager at estate agent company Acorn Estates, said: “We have seen a high increase of rodent activity and birds. If birds see a bag outside, they will peck at it.”
Mr Qasim said his company makes students aware of waste collection days by putting notices inside their rented properties.
He said the council must make students aware of their waste responsibilities at the start of each academic year.
“When freshers’ week is on, they should show the students what days their bags should be put out.”
Cardiff council maintained they would not collect waste from household frontages, except where “the location of waste in the frontage is identified to be a nuisance”.
A spokeswoman said: “Cardiff council collects all household waste from the kerbside and all residents across the city are directed to place their bins and bin bags on the kerbside on their waste collection days.
“The Council’s Waste Management Education team work very closely with Cardiff University, in particular the Student’s Union to educate and advise the student community to improve the local area for all residents and visitors.”
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