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Furious resident dumps litter in council HQ in protest at filthy streets

David Render says his concerns about rubbish were being ignored - so he dumped a load of waste on Sunderland City Council's doorstep

A furious resident has dumped a pile of rubbish at a city council’s headquarters in protest over the amount of litter in his neighbourhood.

David Render, who regularly spends his own time to clean streets, says the litter problem in Washington “is getting worse by the day”.

A furious Washington resident dumped a pile of rubbish at Sunderland City Councils headquarters in protest over the amount of litter in his neighbourhood. David Render, who gives up his time regularly to clean streets, says that the litter problem in Washington is getting worse by the day. Last week we reported how the 54-year-old had accused Sunderland City Council of leaving areas of the city overflowing with rubbish. Now Mr Render has taken his campaign a step further by leaving a pile of litter in the reception area of Sunderland Civic Centre. Litter protest in Sunderland Civic Centre

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Dumped: The pile of rubbish was left in the Sunderland council foyer

Taking matters into his own hands, he said he carefully selected waste that was non-toxic and would not cause damage.

David, from Washington, Sunderland, said: “This was simply a protest over the state Washington is now in.”

He claimed the litter in the area was becoming a “public health issue”, with food and dog mess in bags left on the ground when bins went unemptied.

“Sunderland council claim if an overflowing bin is reported it is emptied within five working days, but in Washington it can take them as long as 14 days, and within two days can be overflowing again.

“The litter delivered to Sunderland (council) was their property as it fell out of their bins. Hopefully they will empty the bins now, and we can get our town tidy again.

“I have tried for months to get them to do their duty and keep the place tidy and they ignored me.”

A furious Washington resident dumped a pile of rubbish at Sunderland City Councils headquarters in protest over the amount of litter in his neighbourhood. David Render, who gives up his time regularly to clean streets, says that the litter problem in Washington is getting worse by the day. Last week we reported how the 54-year-old had accused Sunderland City Council of leaving areas of the city overflowing with rubbish. Now Mr Render has taken his campaign a step further by leaving a pile of litter in the reception area of Sunderland Civic Centre. David Render, at the place where he found a gun on the slip road off the Washington Highway and the Lambton Interchange

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David Render, from Washington, said he dumped the litter as a form of protest

Mr Render has also set up a Facebook group – Washington in Decline – to highlight litter problems in the town.

A Sunderland City Council spokesperson said: “The council was aware that this incident may happen.

“Although we have the ability to take this matter further, it’s not something the council is proposing to do.

“We always try to engage with all residents wherever possible rather than taking any punitive action.
“Therefore the council is writing to this man in the hope of having a productive dialogue as an alternative to any formal action – as that is not in anyone’s interest.

The spokesperson said Government austerity measures meant it no longer had enough funds to carry out frontline services as it once did.

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