Lawyer considering moving his Northampton business because of fly-tipped fridges, TVs...and human waste

A Northampton '‹businessman has taken to clearing up heaps of rat-infested fly-tipped rubbish which he claims has been a problem for three years.

Wednesday, 21st September 2016, 1:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 1:43 pm
Fly-tipping on a car park at Abington Place has prompted a local lawyer to start clearing it up himself.

​The lawyer, who has an office backing onto Abington Place, has had to deal with bikes, fridges, televisions, rotten food and human waste which has been dumped outside of his premises.

Ryan Herrmann of Herrmann Lawyers has spent thousands of pounds removing the rubbish in the area, which includes private skip hire, CCTV and painters to clear graffiti.

Mr Herrmann, said: “Put yourself in my client’s shoes, what is your first impression of my practice?

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

“I have the possibility to move into my other office at the Drapery, but that shouldn’t be my choice. I shouldn’t have to move my business because of fly-tipping.”

Businesses around there say the car park is also a hotspot for rough sleepers,​ who have been found in St Edmunds House toilets.

​Peter Short ​of parking company NSL, based on St Edmunds Road​,​ said: “We’ve had to pay £200 to put new locks on the doors as we’ve found at least two homeless people asleep in the toilet which ha​​s caused many female workers to feel unsafe.

“We’ve had to move our bins to the side of the building because of the rat infestation.

“I often see rats wriggling through the bin bags. I think they feed off the fat which is distributed by kebab houses and rotten meat which the supermarkets chuck away.”

As some of the detritus falls on private land, Northampton Borough Council is considering what action it can take.

The authority has been approached for a response.