Builder overcome by alley stench while working on St Helens roof

St Helens Star: Builder Steve Davies was overcome by stench from rubbish. Builder Steve Davies was overcome by stench from rubbish.

BUILDER Steve Davies had to stop work on a roof at Pocket Nook because the stench of rotting rubbish and dog dirt in a gated alleyway made him ill.

“I was stripping a roof at the back of a house in Pitt Street when I became ill because of the smell from rubbish in the alley between Pitt Street and Graham Street. I had to come off the roof and go home because the smell was so overpowering,” said Steve.

“Rubbish has been piling up in the backs for about four weeks. There was a mattress, carpets, household waste, dog muck. If you think the rubbish you see on the telly in Benefits Street is bad you want to come and have a look at the back between Pitt Street and Graham Street. The area is infested with rats.

“There was so much rubbish that you couldn’t open the alley gates and that cost me a set of ladders because I couldn’t park the van near to where I was working and somebody stole them. The alley grids are blocked and full of dog waste.”

Pitt Street resident, Susan Tinning, blamed the state of the alley on an inadequate refuse collection system.

“The problem is made worse by the fortnightly collection system, we should have more than one bin,” she said.

St Helens Council sent workmen round to the alley last Thursday to clear the rubbish which the Star had earlier caught on camera.

A Council spokesman said: “We are aware of fly-tipping there and we have sent a team round to deal with the problem.”

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11:17am Mon 17 Feb 14

It's all a blur says...

Disgusting... Nobody should have to work or live next to that! If there isn't enough room in the bins, why can't the council provide another which the residents can share for the extra rubbish? It also helps to recycle everything that can be, so long as all the bags and boxes haven't blown away...
Disgusting... Nobody should have to work or live next to that! If there isn't enough room in the bins, why can't the council provide another which the residents can share for the extra rubbish? It also helps to recycle everything that can be, so long as all the bags and boxes haven't blown away... It's all a blur
  • Score: 6

12:23pm Mon 17 Feb 14

TESSYGLYNN says...

I agree, if residents haven't "ordered" recycling bins and bags, then the council should inform them to do so or just drop some off for them alongside a leaflet explaining the benefits of re cycling and collection dates. Its not rocket science St Helens Council. This state of affairs is totally unacceptable. I am also wondering how fly tipping can be possible with locked alley gates. I thought that was the whole idea of the alley gates - to stop fly tipping
I agree, if residents haven't "ordered" recycling bins and bags, then the council should inform them to do so or just drop some off for them alongside a leaflet explaining the benefits of re cycling and collection dates. Its not rocket science St Helens Council. This state of affairs is totally unacceptable. I am also wondering how fly tipping can be possible with locked alley gates. I thought that was the whole idea of the alley gates - to stop fly tipping TESSYGLYNN
  • Score: 6

1:04pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Lestat1977 says...

some people are lazy and simply can't be bothered. Its disgusting, they're disgusting.
some people are lazy and simply can't be bothered. Its disgusting, they're disgusting. Lestat1977
  • Score: 17

1:19pm Mon 17 Feb 14

jumperr says...

Wk in wk out what do our councillors do?
Wk in wk out what do our councillors do? jumperr
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Hughwithaview says...

I would never usually defend this Council as I have a very low opinion of them, but let's have a bit of a reality check!
If the alley way is full of bin bags, mattresses and dog muck and the alley gates are locked as they should be, then it can only be some of the residents who are to blame for this. Providing extra bins and collections will not solve the problem. If this situation was down to the new refuse collection system then all alleyways would be affected - they are not.
It is selfish people who create mess and to those responsible, I would suggest after the alley has been cleared - some hot water, a stiff brush and a bottle of bleach!
I would never usually defend this Council as I have a very low opinion of them, but let's have a bit of a reality check! If the alley way is full of bin bags, mattresses and dog muck and the alley gates are locked as they should be, then it can only be some of the residents who are to blame for this. Providing extra bins and collections will not solve the problem. If this situation was down to the new refuse collection system then all alleyways would be affected - they are not. It is selfish people who create mess and to those responsible, I would suggest after the alley has been cleared - some hot water, a stiff brush and a bottle of bleach! Hughwithaview
  • Score: 22

2:05pm Mon 17 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

Spot on Hugh , this isn't the councils fault and I hate them !!

It just shows how unfair this scheme is though , those of us who do bother to recycle are let down by those who just shove everything into the brown bin, or let it spill over everywhere.

Bring back the weekly brown bin collection and let the cardboard go back in the green bin I say.
Spot on Hugh , this isn't the councils fault and I hate them !! It just shows how unfair this scheme is though , those of us who do bother to recycle are let down by those who just shove everything into the brown bin, or let it spill over everywhere. Bring back the weekly brown bin collection and let the cardboard go back in the green bin I say. barrie timpson
  • Score: 8

3:37pm Mon 17 Feb 14

saint42 says...

well as a resident in graham street id like to add that on the properties that back on to the backs only 5 people actually recycle and on a rough count 7 on pitt street so that is a dozen out of say 35 houses, it should be made mandatory as we only ever put 1 bin out every fortnight and recycle weekly and have had no problems with excess waste, the amount of bin bags etc that was dumped at the top end was a disgrace, trolleys etc, if i was a worker cleaning up id of opened up a bag try to find some mail and then throw it back in there yard, not that some people would care, people should be financially penalized for not recycling when some do, after all we all have to go by the same rules no matter what our opinions are on it. as for the letter all residents received i doubt it will make any difference to those who don't recycle as they don't care for their neighbors anyway.
well as a resident in graham street id like to add that on the properties that back on to the backs only 5 people actually recycle and on a rough count 7 on pitt street so that is a dozen out of say 35 houses, it should be made mandatory as we only ever put 1 bin out every fortnight and recycle weekly and have had no problems with excess waste, the amount of bin bags etc that was dumped at the top end was a disgrace, trolleys etc, if i was a worker cleaning up id of opened up a bag try to find some mail and then throw it back in there yard, not that some people would care, people should be financially penalized for not recycling when some do, after all we all have to go by the same rules no matter what our opinions are on it. as for the letter all residents received i doubt it will make any difference to those who don't recycle as they don't care for their neighbors anyway. saint42
  • Score: 8

4:34pm Mon 17 Feb 14

jumperr says...

I don't hate the council what is happening in the borough is the problem
I don't hate the council what is happening in the borough is the problem jumperr
  • Score: 2

5:24pm Mon 17 Feb 14

stevelunt says...

CCTV and prosecutions will soon put a stop to the above, it is appalling
CCTV and prosecutions will soon put a stop to the above, it is appalling stevelunt
  • Score: 1

6:45pm Mon 17 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

I wouldn't hold your breath Steve. More likely to make special concessions for them like Labour do.

Otherwise we might offend the "fly tipping community". More likely they will be moved to a specially adapted council house with a waste disposal conveyor belt.
I wouldn't hold your breath Steve. More likely to make special concessions for them like Labour do. Otherwise we might offend the "fly tipping community". More likely they will be moved to a specially adapted council house with a waste disposal conveyor belt. barrie timpson
  • Score: 4

6:47pm Mon 17 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

...and on that subject - has anybody seen the state of the Gypsy (sorry , travelling community) site on the link road by Macdonalds? It's a disgrace.
All kinds of garbage , it looks like a tip.
I wonder who'll be paying to clean that up??
...and on that subject - has anybody seen the state of the Gypsy (sorry , travelling community) site on the link road by Macdonalds? It's a disgrace. All kinds of garbage , it looks like a tip. I wonder who'll be paying to clean that up?? barrie timpson
  • Score: 9

6:55pm Mon 17 Feb 14

StHelens _Vigilante says...

Its a complete **** hole anyway and 99.9% of the filthy animals that live in that area are either living hand to mouth or way below the poverty line. I myself think people should start focusing there time and efforts into the high volume of crack smack and beak sellers in the area. Driving round like they are celebs when we all know they aint got a pot to **** in also.
Its a complete **** hole anyway and 99.9% of the filthy animals that live in that area are either living hand to mouth or way below the poverty line. I myself think people should start focusing there time and efforts into the high volume of crack smack and beak sellers in the area. Driving round like they are celebs when we all know they aint got a pot to **** in also. StHelens _Vigilante
  • Score: 10

10:25pm Mon 17 Feb 14

jumperr says...

Tessy I think you have nailed the point where it is from.
Tessy I think you have nailed the point where it is from. jumperr
  • Score: 1

10:37am Tue 18 Feb 14

peterxu says...

The people live in that area should receive financial incentive to encourage more recycling. They need extra support !!!
The people live in that area should receive financial incentive to encourage more recycling. They need extra support !!! peterxu
  • Score: -14

11:12am Tue 18 Feb 14

jumperr says...

Need support to put something in a bin,need support indeed!
Need support to put something in a bin,need support indeed! jumperr
  • Score: 5

3:28pm Tue 18 Feb 14

kjd161 says...

peterxu wrote:
The people live in that area should receive financial incentive to encourage more recycling. They need extra support !!!
Methinks this is said with your tongue firmly in your cheek Peter. I hope so, or I shall have to send the men in white coats round to see you.
[quote][p][bold]peterxu[/bold] wrote: The people live in that area should receive financial incentive to encourage more recycling. They need extra support !!![/p][/quote]Methinks this is said with your tongue firmly in your cheek Peter. I hope so, or I shall have to send the men in white coats round to see you. kjd161
  • Score: 6

5:00pm Tue 18 Feb 14

sherlock1 says...

Vigilantie I have lived in that area all my life and I can assure you it is not full of drug dealers I do have to say that i'm ashamed of that pic though
Vigilantie I have lived in that area all my life and I can assure you it is not full of drug dealers I do have to say that i'm ashamed of that pic though sherlock1
  • Score: 4

5:54pm Tue 18 Feb 14

StHelens _Vigilante says...

@sherlock
Its got more drug dealers than the rest of the st helens boroughs.
1) It stinks.
2) Parr baths is full of urine.
3) Mr thrifty is a robbing ****.
4) The spot petrol station is a front and you need re-mortgage to fill up.
6) Hong sing sells warm ups.
I could go on but i need to nip into haydock now and its gunna take me an hour to get down PARK ROAD...
@sherlock Its got more drug dealers than the rest of the st helens boroughs. 1) It stinks. 2) Parr baths is full of urine. 3) Mr thrifty is a robbing ****. 4) The spot petrol station is a front and you need re-mortgage to fill up. 6) Hong sing sells warm ups. I could go on but i need to nip into haydock now and its gunna take me an hour to get down PARK ROAD... StHelens _Vigilante
  • Score: 4

7:20pm Tue 18 Feb 14

stevelunt says...

peterxu wrote:
The people live in that area should receive financial incentive to encourage more recycling. They need extra support !!!
They will soon enough when the council brings in fines for those who don't recycle
[quote][p][bold]peterxu[/bold] wrote: The people live in that area should receive financial incentive to encourage more recycling. They need extra support !!![/p][/quote]They will soon enough when the council brings in fines for those who don't recycle stevelunt
  • Score: 4

11:02am Wed 19 Feb 14

peterxu says...

StHelens _Vigilante wrote:
@sherlock
Its got more drug dealers than the rest of the st helens boroughs.
1) It stinks.
2) Parr baths is full of urine.
3) Mr thrifty is a robbing ****.
4) The spot petrol station is a front and you need re-mortgage to fill up.
6) Hong sing sells warm ups.
I could go on but i need to nip into haydock now and its gunna take me an hour to get down PARK ROAD...
what is ' sells warm ups.'?
[quote][p][bold]StHelens _Vigilante[/bold] wrote: @sherlock Its got more drug dealers than the rest of the st helens boroughs. 1) It stinks. 2) Parr baths is full of urine. 3) Mr thrifty is a robbing ****. 4) The spot petrol station is a front and you need re-mortgage to fill up. 6) Hong sing sells warm ups. I could go on but i need to nip into haydock now and its gunna take me an hour to get down PARK ROAD...[/p][/quote]what is ' sells warm ups.'? peterxu
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Wed 19 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

Reheated food.
Reheated food. barrie timpson
  • Score: 2

1:34pm Wed 19 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

Or pre exercise routines.
Or pre exercise routines. barrie timpson
  • Score: 3

2:58pm Wed 19 Feb 14

jumperr says...

It seems you get more response if you put in the star than on the council app!!!
It seems you get more response if you put in the star than on the council app!!! jumperr
  • Score: 1

4:03pm Wed 19 Feb 14

stvo11111 says...

yes u right jumperr and that why i go to them the star but more ppl should use the star and lets get the town sorted and have our say and wake the town up and make it a town to live in thanks me stev davies i be bk the buider lets ave a clean week meeting
yes u right jumperr and that why i go to them the star but more ppl should use the star and lets get the town sorted and have our say and wake the town up and make it a town to live in thanks me stev davies i be bk the buider lets ave a clean week meeting stvo11111
  • Score: 2

11:38pm Wed 19 Feb 14

keepitreel says...

so vigilante i assume for your sake you have cast iron proof of your slanderous remarks about the business you have named,as for your other statements they are your opinion and again were is your proof.
so vigilante i assume for your sake you have cast iron proof of your slanderous remarks about the business you have named,as for your other statements they are your opinion and again were is your proof. keepitreel
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Thu 20 Feb 14

StHelens _Vigilante says...

@keepitreel
I dont need cast iron proof i sat outside fruit shop in fingerpost and did a survey. I asked 200 people the same question and this is where i got my stats. Your telling me that the stinky brook doesnt smell? Your also telling me that the traffic on park road is not a complete joke. Behave you silly person Good night god bless
@keepitreel I dont need cast iron proof i sat outside fruit shop in fingerpost and did a survey. I asked 200 people the same question and this is where i got my stats. Your telling me that the stinky brook doesnt smell? Your also telling me that the traffic on park road is not a complete joke. Behave you silly person Good night god bless StHelens _Vigilante
  • Score: 0

5:24pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Keva68 says...

StHelens _Vigilante wrote:
@keepitreel
I dont need cast iron proof i sat outside fruit shop in fingerpost and did a survey. I asked 200 people the same question and this is where i got my stats. Your telling me that the stinky brook doesnt smell? Your also telling me that the traffic on park road is not a complete joke. Behave you silly person Good night god bless
Your brave sitting outside Fingerpost shops I would feel safer conducting a survey in Kabul.
[quote][p][bold]StHelens _Vigilante[/bold] wrote: @keepitreel I dont need cast iron proof i sat outside fruit shop in fingerpost and did a survey. I asked 200 people the same question and this is where i got my stats. Your telling me that the stinky brook doesnt smell? Your also telling me that the traffic on park road is not a complete joke. Behave you silly person Good night god bless[/p][/quote]Your brave sitting outside Fingerpost shops I would feel safer conducting a survey in Kabul. Keva68
  • Score: 2

7:16pm Thu 20 Feb 14

keepitreel says...

vigilante- so your baseing your facts on things that the area has no control over namely the stinky brook (its in PARR) and the inept councils traffic control ideas in BLACKBROOK,what about the statement regarding drug dealers,or the ones regarding the petrol station being a front for some fiendish plot ( you were vague) and the restaurant serving re heated food were is your proof or is it just your hatred for the area that makes you write such piffle.
vigilante- so your baseing your facts on things that the area has no control over namely the stinky brook (its in PARR) and the inept councils traffic control ideas in BLACKBROOK,what about the statement regarding drug dealers,or the ones regarding the petrol station being a front for some fiendish plot ( you were vague) and the restaurant serving re heated food were is your proof or is it just your hatred for the area that makes you write such piffle. keepitreel
  • Score: -2

9:14pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Keva68 says...

It is a Dump though let's face it
It is a Dump though let's face it Keva68
  • Score: 3

9:15pm Sun 23 Feb 14

norm says...

Has anyone heard how the poor builder is doing after his ordeal? Hope you're feeling better mate!
Has anyone heard how the poor builder is doing after his ordeal? Hope you're feeling better mate! norm
  • Score: 0

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