UK Visually-impaired student has to walk through mountain of rubbish on way home last minute news

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UK Visually-impaired student has to walk through mountain of rubbish on way home last minute news

MetiNews.Com - 'It's never been on this scale before'

UK Visually-impaired student has to walk through mountain of rubbish on way home last minute news
16 September 2020 - 16:16

Breaking News ! A student with learning difficulties had to walk through a street full of dumped rubbish on his way home from college. Alex Webb, 21, from Levenshulme, is on a skills and employability course at Manchester College. He returned to his studies on Monday (September 14) after the summer break. After his first day, Alex met his mum before they headed towards Clayton Lane South in Openshaw. Alex, who is registered blind and has myopic brain disorder, goes that way as it allows him to avoid the noise of the main roads. He got a taxi that morning to avoid being late to college - so had no idea what he'd run into walking home. Alex and his mum discovered the stretch was ‘covered’ in dumped rubbish - including sofas, mattresses, door frames and black bin bags. Alex uses the street to get to the nearby college where he studies It made it it difficult for Alex and his mum to safely get through. Alex’s dad Bobby shared a video of the 'dumping ground' on social media. Sign up to the free MEN email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here Bobby told the Manchester Evening News: "He’s shocked. “Alex has been using this route for the first two years of college. It’s always been his preferred route as it takes him away from the main traffic, which he doesn’t handle well. “It’s always been a place for fly-tipping, but it’s never been on this scale before.” The fly-tipping on the street is so bad that it can't be used by local residents (Image: Manchester Evening News) Bobby said his son is now having to get taxis to and from college, which cost him £7 each way.

. “He’s not allowed to hug his friends or even high five his tutors, which has been really upsetting to him.” The incident has also caused Network Rail staff to face difficulties in accessing 'vital' access points for the nearby Ashburys station. “We strongly condemn the fly tipping near Ashbury’s station blocking our vital railway access point," a spokesman said. Manchester Council will be installing 'physical interventions' to stop the Openshaw street from being used by fly-tippers (Image: Manchester Evening News) "Our access points are needed 24 hours a day so engineers can carry out essential maintenance. They are also needed for emergency access so blocking them could risk lives. “The amount of rubbish illegally dumped here prevented overnight work to the 25,000 volt overhead power cables which power trains and also important track maintenance. "The lost time means a loss of several thousand pounds which should be spent improving the railway for passengers.” Manchester council said it is investigating. "We are aware of the appalling fly-tipping which has blighted this area and are taking strong action to ensure that it is not only cleared, but deterred in future," Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member for neighbourhoods, said. "Our investigations team are working on an operation to track down those responsible and are currently following several lines of enquiry. "Following discussion with local businesses and Network Rail, we will be installing barriers on Clayton Lane South, to prevent vehicles from accessing this area and illegally using it as a dumping ground. "Fly-tipping is not tolerated in Manchester. We work hard to investigate cases and prosecute the offenders, but we also act strategically to tackle the problem at source through the use of physical interventions where this is possible."

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