ROTHERHAM Council denied sending extra clean-up resources to Eastwood village ahead of a planned community walkabout.
MP Sarah Champion and Rotherham district commander Chief Supt Steve Chapman were set to take part in Friday’s event (19).
It had to be postponed due to virus restrictions — but residents said workers told them they had been sent earlier in the week to “make it spotless” ahead of the visit.
One said: “It was just as we suspected with the clean-up team out in Eastwood. I spoke to them and they said they had a directive before Friday, which would have been a publicity stunt.”
Another added: “I’m told the walkabout went against Covid rules. I think the MP wanted some feedback from council and police about what’s happening in Eastwood.
“The community here are not following any Covid rules. Once the sun comes out, so do they.”
Tom Smith, an assistant director in RMBC’s regeneration and environment department, said: “No additional resource was put into Eastwood village for cleaning prior to the planned walkabout on Friday.
“The observed cleaning work was carried out by our staff who attend the area on a regular basis.”
An online meeting was held instead of the walkabout to discuss issues including noise, fly-tipping, cannabis farms and anti-social behaviour.
Ms Champion said: “Sadly, these problems have been ongoing for many years and I have huge sympathy for the difficulties Eastwood residents have faced.
“It is really important that, where there are issues, residents know who to report them to and are confident that effective action will be taken to deal with them.
“I have no doubt all the agencies are doing their best to deal with these concerns but it was clear that more could be done.
“I have assurances that following our meeting things will improve, especially in regards to reporting.
“Eastwood residents have had to put up with these issues for far too long and I will continue to push for sustained improvements.”