Tower block residents throwing dirty nappies from windows horrify neighbours

Grim residents at a city tower block have been condemned after allegedly throwing rubbish from windows – including soiled nappies.

Photos taken by BirminghamLive at Bangor House, near Chelmsley Wood, show discarded takeaways, happy meal boxes, empty fizzy drink bottles and what looked to be faeces on the ground.

Landlord Solihull Community Housing said aerial fly-tipping had become a frequent issue at the flats and vowed to take action against those responsible.

Tenants received a letter from Solihull Council branding their actions as "completely unacceptable" as the incidents are categorised as an "environmental crime."

Reporter Josh Sandiford visited several tower blocks in the area on October 13, all of which were clean and tidy with the exception of Bangor House.

Emil Kerekes, a neighbour of the flat, which houses mostly council tenants, said the mess was a daily occurrence.

The 45-year-old pastor runs the nearby Connection Church Centre with its own community cafe.

He said he had witnessed residents throwing dirty nappies out of the window and told how he was verbally abused when he challenged them.

Emil said: "I've seen people from the top floors throwing nappies out of the windows. I tried to tell them it wasn't nice and they swore at me."

He said it was important the area was clean and tidy to help the well-being of the community.

"It's not good for business, it's not good for the environment, it's not good for anybody," he added.

"I think it's down to education. People need to see that what they are doing is wrong."

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Emile added that while it was due to the selfish actions of a small number of residents, he had seen problems with rubbish persist for at least three years.

"I don't think it's a big number. It's just a couple of people. I think most people are responsible," he added.

"But it happens regularly, that's the problem. It's not like it has just happened once, it is every week."

Fiona Hughes, chief executive at Solihull Community Housing, said: “We have a team of estate assistants who work hard to maintain a good standard around our high-rise buildings.

"Unfortunately, there are some residents who choose to throw their rubbish out of the window rather than using the bin chutes provided.

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"This behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will take action against any resident found to be doing this as they are breaking the terms of their tenancy agreement.

"Aerial fly-tipping has become a frequent issue around Bangor House and we are currently exploring new initiatives to help tackle the problem.

"A multi-agency approach has been introduced to support the maintenance of the area and help us identify those who are responsible.

"We encourage residents to share any information they have with us and report incidents of fly-tipping as soon as possible”.

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