Residents in Tunbridge Wells are becoming frustrated with the lack of Council help in removing piles of rubbish from the towns streets. People living in the town have taken to posting photographs of the mess and are conerned that the dumped waste is now beoming a ‘public health matter’.
The complaints date back to before the 21st May, when once caring resident first asked for the over-flowing bins and piles of rubbish to be taken away. There has also been some waste left by flytippers. The alleyway is on private land and the owners are not co-operating, so the incident was reported to the council.
Despite numerous complaints, the council only removed the flytipped rubbish and have left the rest to slowly rot and become a health risk to locals.
One resident said ‘It is not what you expect from living in Royal Tunbridge Wells. The rubbish is starting to smell and it must be encouraging rats, which can bring disease’.
Ironically, for those living in Tunbridge Wells, they could be at risk of catching Weil’s disease, which is a severe form of leptospirosis. This is a type of bacterial infection. It’s caused by Leptospira bacteria. You can contract it if you come into contact with the urine, blood, or tissue of animals or rodents that are infected with the bacteria.
Royal Tunbridge Wells is known for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, with history loving tourists flocking to the ‘village’ area on the south side of town. The High Street, Chapel Place and The Pantiles are lined with lovely old shops, pubs and townhouses and is regarded as one of Kent’s clean and properous towns.