Dirty nappies and leftover food spilling onto a Crawley town centre pavement caused a health hazard yesterday (Wednesday December 2).
Jill Bason, manager of Sense charity shop in The Boulevard, said rubbish bags from nearby homes had been left outside her shop and torn open by birds.
She said: “It’s beyond a joke. Somebody was nearly sick and it’s affecting my trade.
“It is enticing vermin. It could become a health hazard out there.”
The rubbish was outside the shop from about 9am.
Jill said council workers promised to remove the mess straight away, but it remained on the street when workers left at 5.30pm.
The rubbish was removed overnight.
Jill added: “When people have got shopping, they don’t look where they are walking so it was trodden inside my shop.
“People moaned all day about what a mess it was. I got the feeling some of them thought it belonged to me and my shop. “We are a new charity in town so we are going on first impressions.”
A spokesperson for Crawley Borough Council said: “We are trying to resolve the problem of residents not having bin provision, which causes them to place rubbish in the street, with their landlord.
“We have served a Breach of Condition Notice on the landlord for not providing bins for the residents of 22 The Boulevard; this was a condition of the planning permission.
“In the meantime, we are working with our contractor Biffa to try and minimise the time that the bags are left in the street.”
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