Grangemouth residents fear return of ‘Steptoe’s yard’

Mr Dickson's back door has been compared to a landfill site
Mr Dickson's back door has been compared to a landfill site

The owner of an infamous property which became known as ‘Steptoe’s Yard’ is up to his old tricks again at a new premises.

Clifford Dickson’s privately owned house in Grangemouth’s Fintry Road lay abandoned for over a decade and was filled with so much refuse and other materials residents of the street sent a petition of complaint to Falkirk Council.

That property has now been demolished by the council - but not before it had been gutted by fire and partially destroyed by strong winds.

Now Grangemouth resident Mr Dickson is reportedly filling up the back yard of his private ground floor flat in Bowhouse Road with unwanted clutter in much the same manner as he did at his previous house.

His neighbours have asked him to clear the mess up, but so far he has failed to do so, raising health and safety concerns which have now been put before Falkirk Council’s environmental health department.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It smells - especially after the hot spell of weather we had. I suppose he is one of life’s hoarders, but he has taken it to a whole new level.

“It is starting to attract unwelcome visitors. I understand he has other properties around the town which are in exactly the same state.”

Another neighbour stated: “I said I was going to report him to the council, but he wasn’t really bothered, he just brought more rubbish in. It’s been accumulating now for a number of years and there’s a terrible damp smell - it’s the first thing you notice when you open your window in the morning.”

A Falkirk Council spokesperson could not confirm if the matter was currently under investigation by environmental health officers, but The Falkirk Herald visited the premises on Tuesday in an attempt to contact Mr Dickson, who has failed to respond to messages left by the Herald, and witnessed the state of his back yard first hand.