PCH accused of dumping ‘hazardous waste’ in Devonport

Plymouth Community Homes

A spokesperson said the housing provider was aware of the issue and was working to remove the waste

A Plymouth man has accused Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) of leaving ‘hazardous waste’ on an area of land near his home in Devonport. The man, a resident of a PCH property, says the discarded rubbish has been left in a service yard off Duke Street for three months.

The disgruntled man says he has been complaining to PCH for the last three months but no action has been taken to remove the waste. The Devonport resident says he visited the offices of PCH, just off Tavistock Road.

He says the waste was abandoned following the completion of some nearby tower blocks just off Duncan Street.

A spokesperson said the housing provider was aware of the issue and was working to remove the waste.

The spokesperson added that the waste had been left by contractor Mi-Space. Mi-Space was the property division of Midas Group.

Midas Group was recently ranked as the ninth largest private sector firm in the South West, by the Western Morning News Annual Business Guide 2022. The company reported a turnover of £291,267,008 ($365,917,285) and 498 employees.

But rumours began circulating at the beginning of 2022 that the company was in financial trouble after it announced a £2m ($2.51m) loss in 2021 – its first deficit in 40 years of trading. In February it was announced the company had entered administration.

PCH claims Mi-Space leased the land off Duke Street from a private landlord to use as a storage area. PCH now says it is attempting to contact the landowner for permission to remove the waste.

Plymouth Community Homes released the statement: We are aware of the situation and doing what we can to put this right. Contractors Mi-Space leased land from a private landlord to use as a storage area. When Mi-Space went into receivership some waste was left at the site and we are trying to contact the landowner for permission to ensure the removal of the waste as soon as possible, doing the right thing for residents and the local community.

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