'I've had to clear up human faeces from outside my house... isn't it time Northampton Borough Council acted?'
A woman from Northampton has chosen to remove human excrement from an alleyway near her town centre house in a bid to tidy up the area.
The Cliftonville resident, who does not wish to be named, claims there have been various rough sleepers in the bushes between Berkeley Close and Billing Road who have used the area as a toilet and have left behind drug paraphernalia.
The concerned homeowner is now calling on Northampton Borough Council to remove the remaining clothes, bedding and food wrappers for fears over the safety of nearby primary school children.
She said: “I keep seeing human excrement in the bushes, I went out with rubber gloves and personally cleaned it up.”
She has also raised concerns about the lack of bins around Northampton General Hospital.
“My other beef is with the bins by the hospital,” she adds. “They are vile. I made recommendations to Northampton Borough Council to clean them on Monday. When I drove by today (Tuesday) it has got worse.”
"Businesses are pushing workers out on the public highway to smoke. They take coffee cups with them and food and generally throw down the cigarette ends and containers."
Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, said: “We have received a report about the issue with waste bins outside the hospital and it is being dealt with. I’d like to thank the public for drawing the issue to our attention.
“We haven’t had any reports of anyone sleeping rough in Berkeley Close area but we will now look into it.”