Residents have called for more to be done to sort out an “eyesore” footpath in Foleshill which has become a local fly-tipping hotspot.
Bed mattresses, clothes and furniture are among the items dumped on a footpath between Heath Crescent and Eden Street, next to the canal, on a weekly basis, residents say.
Sixteen people have signed a petition calling for action to solve the issue and resurface the muddy footpath to make it look nicer and “discourage” fly-tippers.
Petition organiser Ian Rogers said residents have resorted to putting down carpet as the path is so muddy.
He said: “I have lived here for the past nine years. That footpath has been in that state for as long as I’ve been here if not longer.
“Parents use it walking their kids to and from school. When you see that it brings down the whole area and detracts from the work that’s being done on the towpath by the canal.
“It encourages people to abuse the area and treat it as a fly-tipping hotspot. Residents use it regularly and with City of Culture do we really want to have something that is such an eyesore next to the canal when good work has been done to improve the towpath?”
The petition is due to be heard by the cabinet member for city services on Wednesday, April 14, with a council report describing it as a “known ‘fly tipping’ hotspot site due to its out of the way location and industrial unit occupation”.
The authority said it has taken action at the site by installing a bollard at the entrance to the footpath at Eden Street to prevent vehicles from accessing it.
A camera has also been installed and a second is also being considered, the council said, adding fortnightly visits are made by the council’s street cleaning team to pick up litter.
However full resurfacing work will only be carried out in 2022/23 “if budgets permit”.
But Mr Rogers said more is needed, adding: “The new bollard is good as that will stop cars driving down the path to dump rubbish.
“The camera is on the corner by Crabmill Lane but from what I have seen it doesn’t seem to be close enough to the hotspot site that it would pick up anyone dumping rubbish. It would be pretty much guesswork trying to guess who has drove down there and who has dumped it.”