Kingsbury traders claim flytippers are dumping human faeces next to their businesses
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Human faeces are among the waste being dumped by flytippers who are targeting a derelict shop in Kingsbury, traders are claiming.
Business owners in Church Lane say the putrid pile is attracting rats and slammed the council claiming it is failing to take action.
Geeta and Kultip Gill’s accountancy firm, Gill & Company, is located next to the shop which is registered to Criterion Estates Ltd.
Mr Gill said: “This has been going on so long.
“We call the council and they do nothing. There are rodents, human faeces and we can’t do anything because it’s private property.
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“But I own properties, and when there are complaints of flytipping, they are very quick to write to me.”
Last week he was forced to pay a drainage firm £145 after the toilets in his business became blocked because of the wastage from the dump that had overflowed into his drains.
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His wife added: “Many of the businesses nearby are affected by this. The local authority doesn’t seem to be interested in looking after us and our businesses are suffering.
“Flytipping is causing a problem. It is a problem for the landlord but the council can issue an enforcement order for him to clear it up.”
Liam Murphy, co-owner of Cutting Crew hairdressing salon near the site, said: “It’s been empty for such a long time it’s become a dumping ground for old furniture, rubbish, there are rats running around, it’s awful.
“We’ve been trading on this parade for 25 years and are one of the units really trying to bring the area up but to have that two doors away is just awful, it brings it down, down, down.
“Nobody has done anything about it for years.”
A council spokesman said: “Brent Council takes the issue of flytipping and the health hazards of dumped waste extremely seriously and will always do everything in its power to ensure that Brent is a clean, green and safe borough.
“As the situation is subject to legal proceedings, we are unable to comment further at this stage on this specific case.”
The Times contacted who they believe to be the owner of the empty property, who denied everything and put the phone down.