A massive pile of rubbish outside flats on Buckingham’s Nelson Street was finally cleared away yesterday, Thursday, after causing a stink for weeks.
The rubbish pile, which even included an old sofa, had been building up over several weeks in the car park area of Bridgewater House, Babham Lodge and Mill House.
Buckingham councillors Robin Stuchbury and Warren Whyte and the Buckingham and Maids Moreton Neighbourhood Action Group were among those pushing for Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) to do something about the mess.
Robi Punir, who owns the Londis store opposite the flats, spoke to the Advertiser yesterday morning before the evil-smelling mound was cleared.
She said: “It has been going on for about four weeks now.
“It’s just a health hazard. Someone said they saw a rat.
“When it was windy, rubbish was blowing about. We’ve seen people coming in there with their cars, dumping their black bags and driving off.
“I’ve seen residents from Buckingham do that. Everyone thinks it’s just a free-for-all dumping ground.”
Rubbish began accumulating after the bin store was blocked by people dumping furniture and other waste.
AVDC community spaces manager Gareth Bird said: “The bin store area being blocked prevented our crews from accessing the bins.
“After examining the waste, we have found evidence suggesting whose rubbish it was and where some of it originated. We have identified five offenders and are now in the process of contacting the management company for the properties. The area will be closely monitored for anybody offending and further action will be taken.”
Initial claims that students were potentially responsible for the rubbish are unfounded, with Pro vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, David Billington, saying: “Only a small number of students live in these mixed-occupancy blocks. None of the flats are university owned.”