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Resident compares messy Port Talbot streets to slums of Mumbai

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

By gill roberts

Velindre resident Stan Launder

Velindre resident Stan Launder

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A PORT Talbot area labelled as a tip by residents has been compared to being like the "slums of Mumbai".

Velindre resident Stan Launder said he was fed up of the mess that gathers on the streets.

It follows numerous complaints at Pact meetings where residents have called for something to be done to the rubbish being left in lanes across the ward.

"A number of residents have come up to me with their complaints," said Mr Launder.

"I have taken a walk around Velindre and the whole area needs a massive clean-up. It is beyond a joke."

Mr Launder, 67, who lives in Trefelin Street, said there were big problems with rubbish at Villiers Street and Jersey Street.

"It is an absolute tip," he said. "You would think it was the slums of Mumbai.

"At the back of Trefelin Club, which backs onto Villiers Street, there is a television and heaven knows what rubbish."

As a member of Neighbourhood Watch, Mr Launder keeps an eye on several streets in the area, and therefore comes across the mess that is left on a regular basis.

"As you come up from Age Concern there are laminated sheets which have been there for months," he said.

"On Trefelin Street and Joseph Street there is rubbish.

"There is a cool box and there are bags. I don't know what they contain.

"There are what look like three Christmas trees which have been left at the back of Joseph Street.

"They have now been put in the lane of Velindre Street.

"People also leave their wheelie bins out on the wrong day."

He said he is calling on Neath Port Talbot Council to clear up the streets and to put a stop to the litter louts.

"We need the rangers to come up here and they need to deal with the whole area," he said. "Dog mess is also a big concern.

"I have complained to the council and I have asked for the rangers to come up.

"It is absolutely disgusting."

Head of streetcare services, Mike Roberts, said: "The streets and lanes in Velindre are cleansed on two occasions per week, in line with other villages in the county borough.

"There are occasions when we discover fly-tipped rubbish, and these are investigated by our enforcement officers prior to removal of the offending material."

Mr Roberts said the council had a "zero tolerance policy on fly-tipping".

He added: "The authority has a number of household waste and recycling centres which offer a range of services for the recycling and disposal of refuse.

"The cost of cleaning up instances of fly-tipping is a major burden on the tax payer and on the council's resources, so I would encourage anyone with any information to come forward and report it to us."

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  • Fairfield  |  January 21 2013, 1:08PM

    Fairfield Aberafan has the same problems, bins out wrong days, fly tipping, which apparently according to the council if bins are put out wrong days its fly tipping, I have photos have lots of different mess around lanes, fairplay to the council they will clean it up but this is not my issue, I want the rubbish not to be there in the first place!!! Its been happening for too long...

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  • tomitma  |  January 21 2013, 11:48AM

    I have been in the slums of Mumbai, and I can assure you that Port Talbot, is nowhere near being called the Slums of Mumbai. The slums of Port Talbot YES but not Mumbai, think yourselves lucky, that it is not Mumbai.

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