DELIGHTED residents and business owners have spoken of their relief after waste piling up in an alleyway since Christmas was moved.
The stinking pile of rubbish in Whitford Street in Holywell contained old clothes, half-eaten food, an old couch and even used drug needles.
David James, who lives and works on the street, said: “I have no doubt that it was attracting rats and other animals as the bin bags are ripped.
“The pile must have been about a foot and a half high and it absolutely stunk.
“It’s brilliant that it’s finally gone, it smells a lot better with no more rubbish.
“It shouldn’t have been left there and allowed to go on for that long.”
Mr James tweeted a picture of the waste to Flintshire Council on Sunday which said a Streetscene supervisor would be dealing with the issue. Streetscene officers arrived to shift the mess yesterday.
Waste began to build up in the alley after containers for nearby flats were stolen, leaving just a single wheelie bin.
Flintshire Council’s head of Streetscene, Steve Jones, said: “The location is the storage and collection point for domestic waste and recycling from local flats.
“The waste containers have recently been stolen and waste material has consequently been stacked up in the area.
“The waste was cleared on Thursday and new containers are also being delivered to prevent a reoccurrence of the problem.”
Angie Dixon runs the Feathers Inn pub on Whitford Street.
She said: “We’re really pleased it’s gone, it looks a lot better now, especially given that we’re a business.
“It was disgraceful, the rubbish was there for months, it wasn’t good for the pub.
“There were drug needles in there and I’ve seen rats around there too. There was no need for it to be there.
“It wasn’t fair on anyone who had to walk past it and if it happens again, we’ll be complaining.”