No escaping alley rubbish

DANGEROUS: Charlie Lawson in the rubbish strewn alleyway.
DANGEROUS: Charlie Lawson in the rubbish strewn alleyway.

Rubbish dumped in an alleyway which doubles as a fire escape could prove fatal in the event of an emergency, a resident has claimed.

Pieces of wood, clothing, bin waste and cabinets have all been left in a narrow walkway behind houses in Nelson Road and Drake Road in Sudbury.

Charlie Lawson, who lives in Nelson Road, said the mess was “disgusting” and would severely hamper people escaping their homes in an emergency.

“If there was a fire, people would not be able to get out,” said the 65-year-old.

“I am quite agile, but there are some elderly residents who live here and they would trip and fall.”

Mr Lawson, who is a coach at Sudbury Boxing Club, said he had contacted Babergh District Council, which owns the land, about the problem but no action had been taken.

“The passageway is supposed to be a fire escape and Babergh has a duty of care to keep it clear,” he said.

“The council has said it will sort it, but I have heard nothing and I don’t seem to be getting anywhere.”

Mr Lawson said he had lived in Nelson Road for 16 years and in that time the alleyway had been cleared twice – in 2003 and 2007.

He claimed the rubbish was being dumped by nearby council house residents.

“I can’t live like this anymore, it is absolutely ridiculous,” said Mr Lawson.

“I don’t claim to be the cleanest person, but I like a clean environment and I am at my wits end. It is crazy what is being dumped and I have seen rats in the alley because of this.”

He added that he was bewildered as to why people did not take their rubbish to a recycling centre and wanted to see more enforcement from the council.

“Myself and my neighbour keep our gardens in a lovely condition and then we have to contend with this,” said Mr Lawson.

“It is not only dirty, it is dangerous and the council should police it more. It is the few ruining it for the many.”