Residents on a Mansfield road say they are being threatened with legal action because of fly-tippers dumping rubbish outside of their homes.
Those living on Victoria Street says bags are being persistently dumped in an alleyway behind their homes, which backs onto Moor Street.
One resident, Janice Melbourne, said that she contacted Mansfield District Council about the problem, but was told that because the area is under the collective ownership of the those living there, it was their responsibility, and could be fined if they do not clear it themselves.
Mrs Melbourne, who is 72 and suffers from arthritis, said: “It’s been going on for years and we’re sick of it.
“It’s not us that are fly tipping, but we’re being told we’re going to have to pay for it. There’s no way I’m paying for somebody else’s mess.
“Some days you can’t get your bins out because of it. There are bags of rubbish, clothes and even furniture..”
She said the residents are responsible for a small area immediately behind their back wall, but not the alleyway.
A spokesman for Mansfield District Council said the passageway between Victoria Street and Moor Street is private land and any property which joins or abuts the passage has joint responsibility for its maintenance.
They said the street cleansing team have historically removed rubbish from the passageway on a regular basis although it was not the council’s responsibility to do so. In 2014, all residents received a letter explaining that the street cleansing service would cease and that residents were jointly responsible for the area.