What should be one of Plymouth’s prettiest areas is instead being used as a public toilet, a dumping ground for waste and a place for people to take drugs, an angry resident has claimed.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, says she has been a long-term resident of Saltash Passage, which overlooks the River Tamar, but claims things have deteriorated significantly in the past few years.
She claims that it is a hot spot for people taking drugs, while rubbish is frequently dumped or thrown into people’s gardens.
It is also claimed that people use a sheltered sitting area as a toilet.
“I am ashamed to live here in Saltash Passage,” she told Plymouth Live.
“What a beautiful, accommodating little area on the banks of the River Tamar with beautiful views of the bridges and Saltash. It sounds idyllic, yes, but in reality it is a sh*t tip used by drug addicts.
“The sheltered seating areas are used as public toilets and as a place to quietly sit eating takeaways, drinking beer and doing drugs.
“You can also leave your rubbish anywhere you like including outside the homes of local residents and leave dirty nappies in the car park along with takeaway left overs.
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“No toilets? Not a problem, just visit the sheltered seating areas next to the cafe and children’s playpark where you can go to the toilet as you like.
“Not only do we have to put up with overflowing bins, rubbish littering all the area and the filthy, stinking seating areas, we also have the drunken idiots shouting abuse at members of public and residents in the area.”
The woman said that police did frequently visit the area, but the offenders – who are frequently youngsters – simply run off before returning once the officers have left.
Images she has sent in show large numbers of beer bottles, fast food packaging and other rubbish left lying around.
The angry resident said she had complained to both Plymouth City Council and councillor Darren Winter about the situation.
“It is also often thrown into the gardens of people who live here,” she said.
“People just use it to dump rubbish – it has got a lot worse over the last few years. The police do come down here but they are just wasting their time.”
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