It is unforgivable that suspected illegal dumping of controlled waste including household rubbish has been allowed to continue in the middle of a residential area for eight weeks. The waste, in two huge warehouses in the Crumlin Road area of north Belfast, has attracted vermin including large rats and clouds of flies.
Residents say calls for action from the Environment Agency and other public bodies went unheeded until the matter was highlighted in the media. Some people have been forced to leave their homes, and no one should have to put up with such squalor in their midst in a modern city in the 21st century. The agencies involved should come clean about their inaction.