Residents forced to stay on a street full of stinking rubbish, dog poo and increasingly fat rats have begged for help saying they are embarrassed to live there.
Estcourt Street in Hull, East Yorkshire, has become infested with rodents and rotting rubbish due to people illegally dumping waste in the alleys for years.
As a result of the foul play, bins are overflowing, dog poo peppers the streets and rats are scurrying over the mounds of the muck.
Residents have described being angry, ashamed and embarrassed at the state of the street where they live, reports Hull Live.
One man, named only as Neil has lived on Estcourt Street for more than two years and says that the pandemic has accelerated the area's decline since last March.
He says the fly-tipping is vile and has described the street as a "rat infested hole".
"It’s absolutely disgusting down the alley near me. Someone has dumped a load of rubbish and clothes down there instead of going to the tip and it's all rotting and stinking," said Neil.
"It’s a rat infested hole and it's the people here that are to blame for having no pride or decency.
"They don’t give a monkeys and live like animals and bring down the street for the rest of us.
It's so depressing and the council need to clean up the street and then put cameras up to catch those fly-tipping in the act."
Another resident, Joanne, has lived in the area for "donkey's years" but has been on Estcourt Street for several years
"It’s just a mess. I keep my patch tidy but the street is disgusting," she said.
"I’ve seen children just dropping rubbish on the floor and it's the same with dogs – the owners just let them poo on the floor and don’t clean dog mess.
"There is no respect and instead of going to the tip, people are fly-tipping down the alleys.
"Out the back down my alley is like a bomb site and I've seen rats."
One resident that did not want to be named blamed the council for the state of Estcourt Street and described it as "forgotten".
He said: "On these streets you will see roads with litter, paths with litter and dog muck, rubbish everywhere that has been there for weeks and the council never ever visit.
"People's gardens are are overflowing with furniture and rubbish they have just dumped which will in turn just attract vermin, and the council bang on about waste.
"We seem to be a forgotten area, Hull city centre seems to get constant visits from the street cleaners even though it is shut and has been for weeks."
Hull City Council says that fly-tipping should be reported to them by residents.
A spokesman for the authority said: "We encourage residents report to the council when fly-tipping takes place, and to share any information they may have.
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