A CONCERNED Clydebank resident has told the Post how persistent leaks and floods in the bin area of the flats she lives in is causing growing concerns for residents’ health and safety.

Natasha Talbott says she has contacted West Dunbartonshire Council several times over the Park Court problem, but claims they resort to using empty bins to catch rain overflow – only to fail to empty the bins and so the water only adds to the issue.

She has lived in her flat for one year and says the problem has persisted since February.

She said: “The bulk area and the area at the bottom of the stairs inside of the building are constantly flooded, slippy and people have just started dumping their bin bags at the bottom of the stairs as it is too dangerous to go inside the bin storage area.

“It’s been reported to the council countless times, and the housing officer, but they haven’t done much to resolve the issue.

“It’s a death trap and an accident waiting to happen.

“This has been going on for months. I actually like the flats and my neighbours are great but many are elderly and this is proving to be a major issue for the residents here.

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“I am really worried that either someone is going to have a nasty fall, catch a bug from the germs or we are going to attract rats.”

She is also concerned about a burst pipe at the entrance to the flat which tends to cause a frozen puddle in the winter and is a slip hazard.

West Dunbartonshire Council have found no issues with the pipe, which is installed to release overflow and regulate water levels.

Addressing the persisting issue with the bin area, a spokeswoman for WDC said: “We are sorry this tenant is unhappy. We are aware of water ingress at the flats and specialised contractors are investigating further.

“We will continue to liaise with the tenant until this is resolved.

“All tenants should be disposing of waste using the refuse chute situated on each landing, rather than leaving bags at the bin store.

“Park Court is maintained by an on-site caretaker and is inspected frequently, including out of hours, to ensure it remains a safe and clean environment.

“This includes removal of any excess waste bags and cleaning of waste residue.”