Residents’ rat fears over litter strewn through Derry estate

Some of rubbish dumped close to houses at Shepherds Glen. DER1215-108KM
Some of rubbish dumped close to houses at Shepherds Glen. DER1215-108KM

A group of Waterside residents have expressed fears that a communal area on their private estate may attract rats if it is not cleaned up.

Some residents of Shepherds Glen have said they have refused to pay their management fees because of the problems over upkeep.

Some of rubbish dumped close to houses at Shepherds Glen. DER1215-109KM

Some of rubbish dumped close to houses at Shepherds Glen. DER1215-109KM

However, the management company insist the issue is not their responsibilty and warned that more than £30,000 in fees is now owed.

Residents said they were angry that items including industrial and construction waste, food waste, beer cans and bottles were being dumped in the wooded area of the estate.

One couple said that despite receiving demands for payment, they will not be paying until the area is cleaned and maintained to the same standard of the rest of the estate, something which they say has never been done.

The woman said that when the first bill arrived for the £60 annual management fee “we paid a tenner every two months in good faith even though no work had been done and then on the sixth month still nothing was done, so we stopped”.

She added: “Still nothing has ever been done. There’s a lot of other ones in the street too they haven’t been paying it. It’s going to attract rodents.”

Her partner added: “It’s an eyesore too. We would be more than willing to pay if the thing was done. We will not be paying backdated money because we never got the service.”

A spokeswoman for the Shepherds Glen Management Company Ltd said the problem was brought to their attention via a local councillor “and we believe it to be a local problem rather than just Shepherds Glen Management Company Ltd”.

“The rubbish constitutes illegal fly tipping and will therefore be dealt with by the Council as it has been acknowledged that it is not the fault of the management company,” she said, adding: “We are working together with the community to resolve the issue but the cashflow of the company determines the work which can be carried out with some services prioritised over others. For example we have agreed to replace some fencing around this area.

“We are not aware of any owner’s complaint regarding the ‘fly tipping’.

“The green areas within Shepherds Glen are all maintained throughout the year by the management company.”

The management company spokeswoman added: “If all management fees were paid this type of incident could have been dealt with but given that currently over £33,000 of fees are outstanding, this ultimately prevents a full service being provided.”