Daily visits to tackle grot spot alley in Boston

Hatter Lane
Hatter Lane

A daily clean-up will be carried out at one of Boston’s worst rubbish grot spots in a bid to finally shed the alley of its poor image.

Hatter Lane, between High Street and West Street in Boston, suffers from filthy conditions with human urination and defecation a regular problem – alongside anti-social behaviour and litter.

The lane serves some residential premises and back entrances to some businesses but is hidden from view.

The council has previously used a poster with a pair of staring eyes with the message ‘watching you’ on it to try to stamp out the behaviour.

The council has now advised all residents along the lane that a daily refuse collection will be trialled to combat the problems

Household wheelie bins were removed last Monday and Hatters Lane residents have been supplied with plastic refuse bags.

A council spokesman explained: “The narrow alley had been further reduced in width by a long line of wheelie bins along one wall – some premises did not have their own on-site bin storage areas. These provided hiding places for some of the more unsavoury activities in the lane and encouraged uncontrolled rubbish dumping and littering.”

Taking the bins out revealed that rats had been active in the area.

HMP North Sea Camp prisoners on the ‘Operation Fly Swat’ team were called in to take the bins away and give the lane a top-to-bottom scrub.

One of the businesses in Hatter Lane has installed a CCTV camera and promised to share footage with the police and council.

Scott Palmer, director at Mountain’s Boston Sausage, which has a shop at the top of the lane on High Street, said: “It is nice to see the lane clean for now.

“Anything is worth a try but I think, ultimately, the lane may need gating.”

Coun Michael Brookes, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for waste services, said: “Hatter Lane presents particular problems because it is too conveniently located for this sort of abuse.

“It is close to the town centre, little used and very narrow, providing all the right sorts of opportunities for all the wrong sorts of behaviour.

“But there are no excuses for what is happening there. We want to dissuade people from the anti-social activity which is distressing for people who live and work in properties along the lane.

“Removal of the wheelie bins, and the clean-up, has improved the appearance of the lane and evidence and experience shows that when rubbish is removed it takes away the temptation for others to add to it.

“Areas which are kept clean stand a better chance of remaining clean. All residents have been advised and given a supply of refuse plastic sacks to use, which we will collect daily.”