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Resident’s fury over huge mound of rubbish piled 8ft high next to his home

This is the mound of rubbish piled so high that a fraught neighbour claims it prevented him from entering his own home.

Paul Stephenson says he had to clear a way to his front door on Thursday to get inside the terraced property.

The charity worker has told BirminghamLive the debris – that at its height was piled eight feet high – is the product of major refurbishment work taking place at the empty, neighbouring property.

And he claims the rubbish has been piling up for over a month. Beds, bricks, plaster, furniture and beds now block his view.

While gutting the interior, workmen have simply flung items on the floor below, said the 63-year-old.

As well as gathering at the side of his home, the rubbish is scattered on the pavement in Harborne Lane in Birmingham.

The rubbish left in Harborne Lane causing problems

“Thursday was the final straw,” said Paul. “It just cascaded down. I actually had to move items to get into my own house. I had to move a heavy door, bed and other stuff.” Thankfully, I’m able bodied. If I wasn’t, I’d be in big trouble.

“It stinks as well and there’s the constant problem of walking it through the house.”

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Paul, who has lived in the house all his life, has complained to Birmingham City Council over flytipping and potential vermin problems.

He has also contacted the fire service.

“That’s one of my big fears,” he said. “Late at night, you get people sitting on the wall and smoking cigarettes. I worry the whole lot could go up.

“It’s a public hazard. It’s a Godsend the rain has damped it down.”

“There’s no skip. The workmen come and go at odd hours.

“I find it totally disrespectful and the problem is I can’t find anyone who can do something about it. The stuff on the pavement is a safety issue.

“The fire service say they can’t do anything because it’s a private property. It’s nonsensical.

“The irony is I’ve spent years taking part in voluntary litter-picks and I’ve got this on my doorstep.

BirminghamLive has contacted Birmingham Council for comment.

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