200 beer bottles among 'disgusting' rubbish pile blighting Leicester 'park'


A "disgusting" mound of rubbish which was blighting a Leicester park has been removed after intervention by LeicestershireLive. City resident Balbir Singh turned to us for help after being unable to determine whose responsibility it was to attend to the vile mess.

Mr Singh, who has lived on the Hamilton estate since 1993, said he noticed the rubbish in the area at the back of Hamilton park on Monday, June 10. He wrote to Leicester City Council asking for it to be cleared, but the authority replied that, after investigating, it had determined the area he was referring to was Hilltop Road open space, not Hamilton Park, and not owned by the authority, so not its responsibility.

He re-visited the area nine days later and found the rubbish still there. Mr Singh took a video and posted it on social media, with the comment: "Rubbish on Hamilton park, contacted council on the 10th, their reply was 'it's not Hamilton park, it's Hilltop open space. So whose responsibility is it to clean up?"

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After posting the video online, frustrated neighbours commented on the post. One said: "That’s disgusting! People should be responsible for their own rubbish! If they see the bin is overfilled why leave the bags outside for foxes to rummage through! Such beautiful greenery, ruined by lack of accountability!"

Another said: "Who put the rubbish bin there? They are responsible to empty it. Although the people who brought the stuff in should have disposed of it responsibly."

The city council subsequently confirmed to LeicestershireLive that the land was in private ownership, and that it had asked the landowner to clear the site. A city council spokesperson said “This open space is in private ownership. The landowners are therefore responsible for keeping the land clean and tidy, and for emptying the bins that they have installed on their site. We have asked the landowner to clear up the site as quickly as possible.”

It emerged that the landowner had put the site under contract to estate manager Greenbelt. We contacted the company, and were subsequently told the site had now been cleared up.

A spokesman for Greenbelt said: "I can confirm this area is currently under contract by the landowner to Greenbelt. This area has now been cleared. Please note when removing the litter/fly tipping there was an excess of 200 empty Corona bottles along with ripped open bags of litter. Greenbelt will monitor the area going forward and if we feel an increased frequency or additional one off visit is required to empty the bins we will raise this with our client."