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Perivale residents urge Tesco to stop flytippers
Disgusted residents are calling on shopping giant Tesco to stop flytippers dumping waste and creating a filthy eye sore along a residential street.
Junk including unwanted furniture, mattresses, car tyres, rubble and wooden planks are routinely dumped in a boarded up area located at the back of the Tesco Hoover Building, in Bideford Avenue, Perivale.
The discarded land, owned by the supermarket, was initially intended to be used as another entrance or exit to the large store but was left to become overgrown over the past 20 years.
Residents have now had enough of the filthy rubbish on their doorsteps which attracts rats and other unsanitary vermin.
Street watcher John Mullane said: "Tesco don't give a damn about it, the residents are fed up.
"The land has become derelict and over grown and it's now used as a dumping ground. It's a disgrace.
"It's been really bad for a number of years now.
"We approached our councillors and asked them to speak to Tesco, but they've been having real difficulty to get them to respond.
"They should be responsible for their neighbourhood.
"They are not interested in what local residents have to put up with. We're not prepared to tolerate this dumping ground in the heart of a residential area."
Perivale ward councillor Justin Anderson said: "Despite having £6 billion wiped off its value last week, Tesco still made £3.7bn last year.
"The management should think long and hard as to how they can win back the confidence of their customers and if some investment would be made to its Perivale store and the surrounding area.
"The residents have been loyal customers for the last 20 years and deserve some recognition."
Mr Mullane suggested Tesco could Tarmac the large area and use it to build new homes or as for the original entrance, which could relieve congestion along Bideford Avenue.
Tony Fletcher, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: "We were obviously disappointed to read the councillor's comments especially as we were unaware of the difficulties he appears to have experienced with our agents which we are investigating.
"We take our responsibilities seriously and try to ensure that any issues that arise such as fly tipping or pests are dealt with as quickly as possible.
"We last dealt with an issue in December and have not been made aware of any new occurrences but, in the light of this letter, our agents are again checking the site.
"The boarding is actually designed to discourage fly tipping and overall we believe it does act as a deterrent.
"Should the councillor wish to discuss this further we are more than happy to meet him."
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