The footprint of a former Northampton nightspot strewn with tonnes of bulky waste could be home to one of the worst fly-tipping hotspots in the town according to a nearby resident.
The far end of Great Russell Street in the Mounts area, behind the former Northampton Chronicle & Echo building, used to be home to two nightclubs, The Soundhouse and the Top of the Town.
But with both now closed it resembles little more than a dumping ground for all manner of waste, from garden strimmers to white goods, prams, trolleys, sofas, beds and building materials.
Restaurant worker Bogaa Ali, 34, who lives in the Mounts area, said the land has become the worst place in Northampton for illegal tipping.
The father-of-three said: “It’s just a tip, and it is building up all the time, there are bottles, condoms and drugs being added to it every day.
“For me, I just want it cleared because we should be proud of Northampton and where we live. This is just ridiculous.”
Mr Ali wants Northampton Borough Council to come and clear the waste, but the authority says the situation is complicated.
When the Top of the Town was demolished in 2008, it left a cavity, which has since become a deep well for tippers to fill with rubbish.
However the land, which is surrounded by a largely collapsed metal fence, is privately owned meaning the borough council has very limited authority to get onto the site and clear it.
Estate Agents Connells has planning permission to develop the site for 12 apartments and two large offices.
But work is not going to start there until a buyer can be found.
In the meantime Mr Ali said the site owners and the borough council should work to place deterrents around it.
He said: “I am just requesting the council does something in terms of maybe placing CCTV around the land, or putting signs up.
I came across some needles lying around when I was walking with my children the other day.
“People are dumping things here all the time. The other day I came past here and a blue van was dumping a blue sofa and a bed mattress out there.”
Mr Ali also says the land, which is not overlooked by any residential area or business, has become a hot-spot for street drinkers too.
“The thing is this has been a problem for about seven years now,” he added. “What am I meant to do, go and confront these people?
“Something has to be done about it.”
Northampton Borough Council says it is working with the landowners to address the fly-tipping problem. A spokesperson for Connells also said it would be contacting the landowner ‘immediately’, to discuss the situation.