Residents who live near a cleaning services company have called for it to clean up its act and stop disrupting the neighbourhood by dumping rubbish and parking vehicles on pavements.
A number of residents in Stonefield Road and Nelson Road complained to the Observer saying their lives have been made a misery since Diamond Cleaning Services (DCS) set up business.
Complaints include noise with items such as fridges being smashed up on the pavement, rubbish dumped and commercial vehicles parked on the pavement – rendering it impossible for pedestrians to pass, forcing them to either walk in the road or cross the street.
DCS is registered at Queens Road, but residents claim disruption is at the rear of the premises on Stonefield Road.
One angry resident, who asked not to be named, said: “How did they get planning permission? The council created a dump site in Stonefield Road and did not consult residents before giving planning consent. The business is registered on Queens Road NOT Stonefield Road – this is a residential area not a dump site!”
A spokesman for DCS refuted the allegations and said: “We are an ethical company. We take pride in what we do and it is important to us that we make a positive contribution to the community. We are always considerate of local residents. It is for this reason that we operate our vehicles and machinery during working hours only and we park our vehicles close to the kerb in order to promote a clear flow of traffic. We clear our rubbish at the end of every working day. As an ever expanding business we are currently in the process of relocating our storage facility to the outskirts of town.”
A spokesman for Hastings Borough Council said DCS is registered with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier and broker and is fully licenced to collect and transport waste, adding: “Our environmental health department is currently investigating noise levels generated by the business in Stonefield Road.”