Benefits Street fly-tipping branded a 'national disgrace' as mattresses, chairs and bin bags dumped in road 7 years on

SHOCKING new pictures reveal the disgusting state of Benefits Street – with fly-tipping piled high next to homes on the former TV set.

James Turner Street in Winson Green, Birmingham has now been branded a "national disgrace" as the street was pictured with mattresses, chairs, and bin bags dumped across it.

The street in Birmingham became the focus of the popular Channel 4 documentary, which looked at the lives of those living on the road.

Nine in ten residents were said to be on benefits, and several characters became household names following the show, which first aired in January 2014 nearly seven years ago.

But since the show’s Birmingham stint ended in 2015, the famous road has plunged even further downhill.

New photos taken by a litter-picker show the extent of the rubbish, household debris, and fly-tipping that has accumulated in the area.

Alicia decided to post about the state of the area in a UK litterpicking group on Facebook.

Showing a few pictures of the down-at-heel place, she said: “Not sure if you know this street in Birmingham but there was a TV programme made about it called 'Benefits Street?'

“Everytime I go down there there is always fly-tipping. Reported through Fix My Street.

“The industrial estate one was a bit further down the road. I'm hoping 2021 Litter Watch, Birmingham City Council & other organisations can arrange a huge clean up day around this estate.”

And she added: “Every road around there is either littered or fly tipped. It’s a deprived area that could do with some development and support.”


The TV show became popular as it showed a subsection of British society who were unwilling to work.

Characters committed crimes – including a demo on how to shoplift – which proved controversial with the police, while Ofcom received hundreds of complaints.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 was accused of making "poverty porn," but it gave the channel its highest viewing figures in years and made stars of characters like White Dee, or Deidre Kelly, who lived in the road.

People were horrified by the state of the place.

Lorraine Thompson said: “Some people don’t respect where they live, such a shame.”

Mike Hawes said: “Being hard up doesn't mean folk need to drop litter and dump rubbish, they just don't care at all that’s the problem.

“It needs locals to step up like in erdington and get a zero tolerance to it.”

Susan Cliff said: “People not caring about anything outside of their own homes and cars is not confined to poor people.”

Shell Swaine said: “I don’t understand how people living along these streets can look out their windows and do nothing about it.”

And Sharon Coleman added: “Why are these people allowed to get away with it !!!!

“Most of us volunteer litter pickers see areas like this every day.

"Until housing associations, environmental, council officials and communities do more and demand change this will unfortunately continue.

“It is a national disgrace. Some of what we find is absolutely disgusting.”

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