‘UK’s most neglected street’ is 3rd World slum with giant holes and charred cars

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    Life on one of Britain's "most neglected streets" plagued by criminals, giant potholes and charred cars has been laid bare in alarming photos.

    The road in Birmingham is more akin to a "Third World slum" or a scene from 'The Last of Us' – a post-apocalyptic TV drama – according to residents living close to Crawford Street, in Saltley.

    "Crater-like" potholes, waves of rubbish and burnt-out vehicles are said to fill the infamous street – and it's got into the condition it has because Birmingham City Council allowed it to fall into disrepair, claim locals.

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    Also dubbed a "Compton ghetto", workers in the community say Crawford Street absolutely takes the cake for the worst road in Birmingham – but those living in the area believe it could be Britain's "most neglected street".

    Snaps have revealed the dire straits the road is in – featuring a bizarre piece of graffiti spray-painted on the side of a house saying: "Kill a snake, enemies get shot up fool."

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    Wahid Khan 33, lives on the next street along and says the road is a hotspot for fly-tipping, drug-taking and other criminal behaviour.

    "Honestly, you would not believe this place. It reminds me of the post apocalyptic scenes from The Last of Us," said the dad-of-one.

    "There's burnt out cars everywhere, litter as far as you can see – massive fly-tipped items constantly dumped, graffiti, the lot.

    "It's makes this city look exactly like its stereotype it has been trying so hard to shake. Yet here we on in modern Britain living next to a Third World slum.

    "I saw it described as the most neglected street in the city but I'd go one step further than that and say it's the most neglected street anywhere in the country."

    Another local, who did not want to be named, said: "It's more like a Compton LA ghetto around here now.

    "The worst part is that next door they are working on the swanky new HS2 train line and road sweepers go along there but not here.

    "The police are nowhere to be seen either. People are openly doing drugs, drinking along the street – it's become a magnet for fly-tipping. Crooks act like they are untouchable."

    The dilapidated road is only home to one house but several businesses are located along the 0.2-mile stretch.

    Auto parts business owner identified as Mr Hussain, 45, said: "The council have neglected the road so badly.

    "It influences people to cause criminal activity such as fly tipping, take drugs and we've had five cars burnt out here in the last month alone.

    "We get 18-tonne trucks here, it’s a busy road and yet nothing gets done."

    A series of complaints have been made to Birmingham City Council since 2018 but residents say nothing has changed.

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    Gerry Moynihan, 50 and a community activist, said he initially let the authority know of the condition of the road five years ago.

    “Since then, the minor potholes have turned into major ones and the pavement has disappeared as it is covered in fly-tipping," he said.

    “The council have been neglecting the street since 2018. It is often used by residents as a short cut into the city centre.

    “The potholes are hardly potholes but more like craters. They are a foot deep, 10-foot wide and are crater-like especially when they are filled with water.

    “I have complained for years about it but the council seemed to ignore it.

    “It’s sad because it is supposed to be an area of regeneration, but nothing is being done.”

    He added the street condition has only got worse since heavy-duty vehicles starting using the street to access an HS2 site.

    Tory councillor for Erdington Robert Alden said: "While Labour-run Birmingham is once again spending millions on resurfacing the city centre, suburban areas like this are left with burnout cars and pothole ridden streets.

    "This is totally unacceptable. Residents and businesses bear the cost of this and deserve better."

    A spokesman for Birmingham City Council told the Daily Star: "We are working hard to improve the condition of the city’s roads and carry our regular inspections.

    "We aim to clear fly-tipping within two working days but white goods can take up to 14 days. If we have evidence we will prosecute."


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