OVERFLOWING BINS AND DEAD RATS IN LENTON'S RUINED NEIGHBOURHOODS
 

On Friday 26 November 2021, Nottingham Post Community Reporter, Olimpia Zagnat, reported on residents' anger at the 'absolutely disgusting' scenes in streets 'ruined' by overflowing bins an dead rats.

Anger in Lenton as bins tipped over with rubbish and 'rats everywhere'

Many have blamed the students for the state of the area

Lenton Resident: "It is not that they do not have any respect for the residents - but they do not even respect themselves."
Lenton Students: "It is obviously annoying that there is rubbish and rats everywhere. But I do not think that is the end of the world"
"At the end of the day this is a student area so people should be more understanding."

Residents in Lenton have told of their anger after "absolutely disgusting" scenes in the neighbourhood "ruined" by overflowing bins and dead rats.

Many have blamed the students for the state of the area.

It comes after images shared on social media depict a number of bins which had been knocked down on the pavement and rubbish thrown across the pavement on Thursday morning (November 25).

Kate Loewanthal, the chairwoman of the Lenton Drive and Neighbours Residents' Association, said she counted the bins that were struck to the ground when she went out for a walk at around 9.30am.

She added: "I went on for a walk this morning and counted at least 22 bins that were knocked down - then I just lost count.

"It is disgusting.

"It is not that they do not have any respect for the residents - but they do not even respect themselves."

Ms Loewanthal said that bins were found on the ground on Lenton Boulevard, Derby Road and Derby Grove.

She added: "I saw some students in the morning coming out of their homes trying to clean up the mess.

"And then a girl on crutches, very possibly a student, was struggling to walk on the path because of the rubbish."

Other residents in Lenton have echoed Ms Loewanthal's concerns, adding that the rubbish in the area is a 'regular occurrence'.

Mum of three Shabano Hussein, of Lenton, 28, said: "It is disgusting - we have dead rats everywhere because of the rubbish.

"It is usually the noise in the night when people book taxis and shout in the street.

"And then when they come back and push the bins and there is mess in the morning."

Another resident, who wished not to be named, added: "I am a DJ myself so I play a lot of music - I do not mind it.

"But when it comes to shouting in the street, I would rather have the music.

"When I got out to walk my dog I see dead rats everywhere - it is disgusting.

"They have ruined this street and the neighbourhood.

"There is rubbish everywhere all the time.

"And these are people who are studying for a degree - and they cannot even sort their bins out."

Some students living in Lenton have also commented on the situation, saying that the rubbish problem should be taken in context.

James Smith, a third year student at University of Nottingham, 22, said: "It is obviously annoying that there is rubbish and rats everywhere.

"But I do not think that it is the end of the world."

Third year student Tom Lowe, from the same university, 20, added: "At the end of the day this is a student area so people should be more understanding."

A spokesperson for the University of Nottingham said: “Whilst it is unclear whether this was caused by either universities’ students, this is nonetheless disappointing behaviour and an annoyance for all residents. Our staff were in the area that morning and were joined by student volunteers in clearing up the mess.

“We work hard to highlight the potential impact of waste and litter on the communities in which our students live. We encourage students to donate rather than throw away unwanted items. 

"Alongside our local partners we carry out a range of initiatives to encourage responsible waste management. Most recently our student ambassadors have worked with Nottingham City Council waste colleagues and Community Protection to advise students about recycling, help with litter picking and ensuring wheelie bins were put out ready for collection.”

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