Disgusting mounds of rubbish dumped outside the Cardiff pub every week
Disgusting mounds of rubbish are dumped outside a well-known Cardiff pub every week, its owner has said.
Nia Llewellyn, the owner of The Tavistock pub on Bedford Street, says she often finds herself “opening the curtains on a street full of trash” that has piled up throughout the week.
She says dumpsters regularly dump household waste, including food waste and soiled diapers, next to a public trash can outside its premises.
The 26-year-old, who took over the business in January after a 12-month shutdown, is worried about the impact the sight and smell of garbage is having on her business. The regular horror also attracted seagulls and vermin.
She called on Cardiff City Council to remove the trash as she believes people are tempted to throw their rubbish around it when it is full. She also implored the council to install CCTV or signage in the area to deter violators.
The council agreed to move the trash can to a more suitable location, but said dumping household garbage next to a trash can does not qualify for CCTV as it is not a criminal offense. . But he said if the problem persisted, a notice under Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act would be sent to neighboring properties warning them not to throw the waste in the trash.
Nia first noticed the problem after reopening the premises in March and hoped it would ease. But without any sign of slacking off, she reported the problem to council “for the past five or six weeks, at least twice a week.”
The long-standing problem is so persistent that it has become “the main conversation in the pub throughout the week”.
Nia claims she even found a dead rat on the sidewalk and was once awoken by the sound of birds ripping bags at six in the morning.
“It was like being on Barry Island or something. It was the number of seagulls that were there, tearing up all the bags,” she recalls.
The owner is also reluctant to open her windows because of the smell, which poses a health hazard to her loyal customers.
“With Covid right now, they advise you to wedge your doors and open your windows for ventilation. But it’s hard for me to do that because I open my windows and you just smell the garbage. through the pub, “she said.
She added, “Some days I don’t even want to open the door to be honest, because it’s such a bad smell.”
Nia admits the pub is “extremely quiet” whenever there is garbage outside and it has been “terrible” for her as the new business owner.
“To be honest, if I was a customer, if I walked to a pub and there was a pile of trash and everything outside, I would probably think twice before entering. in this pub, because I would be wondering ‘square footage is that?’ – there is garbage thrown everywhere, there are clothes thrown everywhere, “she said.
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City council’s decision today to move the trash can comes after weeks of frustrated calls from the landlord.
She says it has become a “standard thing every week” for her to phone the council and it takes about two to five days for the trash to be removed.
“One week I called them on a Thursday or Friday and nothing was done until Monday, so I had to put up with the extra garbage and garbage over the weekend,” she recalls.
Nia said she gave the council two bags of discarded clothes with an address still on them as evidence to catch the culprits, but nothing was done.
“In fact, I saw the municipal vans arrive and all they did was come and empty the trash, even though there is a pile of garbage around,” she added. .
“My partner has already spoken to one of the drivers and they said ‘this is not our department’.”
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Nia has considered putting up a poster herself to discourage dump trucks, but believes an official council announcement will have a bigger impact.
“I need an official council document with a council looking after it, stating that this is not a fly dumping area and that if someone is caught in the act of fly spill, further action will be taken about it. nothing done about it, “she said.
In response to the question, a Cardiff Council spokesperson said: ‘A Council waste control officer visited the owner today to discuss the concerns raised and it was agreed that the trash can pose a problem. Our Waste Control Officers regularly visit Bedford Street to look for waste that has not been presented properly by residents or that has been thrown next to the trash can. After searching the garbage bags, the garbage is removed and disposed of appropriately.
“If these problems persist, further enforcement action could be taken by the council issuing a Section 46 Notice under the Environmental Protection Act to neighboring properties warning them not to dump. garbage in the trash.
“The Council will move the trash can to a more appropriate location and continue to monitor waste violations in the region. Video surveillance can only be used in one area, if it can be proven that the offense would be punishable by deprivation of liberty, so on this occasion, people dumping household waste next to a garbage can are not not eligible. “