A stretch of pavement in Narborough Road has been a dumping ground for household and business waste for years.
As part of our ongoing Grot Spot campaign, LeicestershireLive visited the stretch of the busy shopping street near its junction with Hinckley Road, where illegally dumped waste can often be found.
During our visit we found bin bags and packaging, including a large piece of cardboard.
Business managers in the area said Leicester City Council’s environmental health team were well aware of the ongoing problem and that things had improved in recent years but the problem refused to go away completely.
Ali Jhan, manager of Antalya, a Turkish restaurant at 3-5 Narborough Road, said: “There’s been rubbish dumped there like that for weeks. People just go there and dump stuff.
“The problem used to be even worse about four or five months ago – there was probably three times as much mess as there is now.
“It’s being left outside the unused land next door, which is currently for sale. The site itself doesn’t look great either.
“Overall, I don’t think Leicester is too bad for dumped rubbish – I know Birmingham well and that’s much worse.”
Sat Channa is the manager of Bathrooms 24-7 Kitchens next door to the restaurant.
He has been on the road for about two decades and said that – despite recent improvements in the short term – over the course of that time things were getting worse.
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He said: “It’s not good at all. It used to be a clean and tidy area and now we get this.
“The landlords of this business and the restaurant next door also have things dumped on their land at the back and have had to put up gates and fences.
“The Leicester City Council environmental health people are here a lot because this has been going on for several years now.
“It’s not been so bad recently but it seems to happen in waves.
“We never see them – they come after we’ve left for the day.
“It’s also been a problem on the opposite side of the road. And just a bit further down on this side someone dumped a stool that was there for days and days.”
The Leicester Mercury and LeicestershireLive launched a new campaign on Monday called Grot Spots 2019, which aims to try to clean up the city.
Readers are being asked to tell us about areas of the city blighted by fly-tipping, litter and general “grot”.
From there, we will liaise with Leicester City Council to mobilise a team to clean up identified problems areas and we will be following the progress of the clean-up from beginning to end.
Last year, the council removed more than 6,500 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish from public land, and the cost of the additional cleaning was a further £280,000.
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