Clean-up call for Mansfield syringe hotspot

NMAC11-2212-2''Martyn Cahill pictured with the drugs den near his Mansfield Property on Monday
NMAC11-2212-2''Martyn Cahill pictured with the drugs den near his Mansfield Property on Monday

A BUSINESSMAN is calling for council action over a drug den and rubbish hotspot blighting a corner of Mansfield.

Martyn Cahill is demanding a clean-up of the needle-strewn alcove and grass verge off Pelham Street.

He says Mansfield District Council should take action on the spot, which is underneath a well-used footbridge across St Peter’s Way.

Drug users have discarded syringes and rubbish at the site, yards from the public right of way.

Council officers say they will investigate and must find out who owns the land before securing it.

“It’s dangerous for people walking up and down that area and it’s an eyesore,” said Mr Cahill.

“People have been abusing it for some time, sitting under there at night - and there’s bottles and drug paraphernalia left under there.

“People say ‘it’s renowned for it’ but someone needs to make a stand at some point.”

Mr Cahill (57) runs the Second Hand City furniture shop next to the bridge and says the area is brought down by its litter.

“The council needs to secure the area around the bridge,” he added.

“We are trying to do something in the area, trying to make a living and it’s hard enough as it is without the area looking like this.”

Gavin Bailey, assistant environmental health manager at Mansfield District Council, said: “The council will be sending out an officer to visit and assess this site after the concerns were brought to our attention.

“However, until we have assessed the site we will not be able to determine whether there is a need for any remedial action.”

If more work, including improvements to security, is needed the authority may need to contact the owner of the land before deciding what action to take, he added.

“I would urge the resident concerned about this site to get in touch with the environmental health department at the council so we can discuss his concerns in more detail and determine what can be done,” he added.

Mansfield District Council also runs a ‘Grimebusters’ hotline for reports of rubbish dumping on Mansfield 463463.