A ward councillor has raised concerns about the state of alleyways in her neighbourhood in Stoke-on-Trent.
Candi Chetwynd who represents Smallthorne, says she has been in-undated with complaints from residents.
There are claims alleyways have been taken over by drug users, needles have been left on the floor and there is fly-tipping.
She has now launched a petition after seeing first-hand problems in her neighbourhood. The petition – calling on Stoke-on-Trent City Council to adopt troublesome alleyways – states: “Residents will not tolerate the ever constant and increasing barrage of devastating fly tipping, vermin, anti social behaviour, hazards and serious risks to public health.
“Overgrown shrubs, weeds and self seeded trees are blocking entries. Broken bottles, rubbish and drug paraphernalia form gauntlets that make the conventional use of an alley impossible.
“Bins can not pass the arsenal of hazards so are left in on view for street access attracting more refuse. Residents of terraced streets are not offered full recycling facilities and are disadvantaged in their global duty to protect the environment purely because of the lack of adoption.”
Councillor Chetwynd added: “It has become more prevalent year on year since 2015 when extreme cuts began to show their affect from lack of resources in services.
“Residents and companies have tried to adopt alleyways from Stoke-on-Trent City Council in the hope that these issues will stop but have been refused the right to adoption.
“Fires have broken out on countless occasions as dumped waste has been set alight. All surrounding homes, businesses and buildings are at serious risk.
“By alleyways becoming adopted, communities will begin to recover from the neglect that has led to humiliation, shame and standards of living that fall far short of acceptable. Pride and pubic safety must be restored with alleyways that are fit for purpose.”