People residing in the Waterside have hit out at those responsible for illegal dumping in the Chapel Road area.
Maureen Thompson said the illegal dumping of household waste near her Chapel Road home had become a major cause for concern over the last few weeks.
“I don’t know who is behind the dumping, but it’s not nice when I have visitors or the grandchildren coming to see me and they are greeted with bags of rotten rubbish close to my doorstep.
“I hope whoever is responsible for this is prosecuted and punished,” said Mrs. Thompson.
John McIntyre, who lives several doors away from Mrs. Thompson, said those responsible for the dumping are not from the area.
“I saw one man leave a pile of rubbish on the street two weeks ago - I’ve been living here for three years and I have never seen him before in my life.”
Sinn Fein Councillor, Christopher Jackson, said illegal dumping was a cause for concern in other parts of the Waterside and said those responsible showed a lack of respect for their communities.
“There is an ongoing problem throughout the Waterside with illegal dumping, bags of household waste being dumped at street corners and mews lanes. This is totally unacceptable and needs to stop. It sets a bad image for the area and poses a real environmental health risk to those living nearby, and it attracts mice and rats in built up residential areas.
“I have repeatedly reported these incidents to council and arrangements have been made to have the rubbish removed. I would call on those responsible to have more respect for the community they are living in and to stop this activity immediately and would ask anyone who witnesses rubbish being dumped to report it to council.
“Everyone should have access to black and blue bins to dispose of their household rubbish, Council have informed me that most of the rubbish being dumped can be recycled via the blue bin.”