Plans are in place to remove a sprawling fly-tip by a row of garages after it was identified as a potential public health risk.

The mess in Welldon Crescent, Harrow, led to several complaints from passers-by, with suggestions it was being used as a meeting and living space for drug users.

Pictures taken by those living nearby showed piles of dumped waste, including furniture, shopping trollies and clothes.

One resident bemoaned a lack of input from politicians or the police, suggesting it is unclear who is responsible for dealing with the issue.

The rubbish build-up is on private land and Harrow Council served a notice to the responsible parties in October ordering them to clear it up.

At the time, a spokesman for Harrow Council said: “This is a result of the landowners not taking responsibility or maintaining their land.

“No one should have to put up with this sort of behaviour, and nor should the taxpayer clear up their mess.”

He confirmed the relevant parties had agreed to deal with the issue and it would continue to monitor the situation.

Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas described the fly-tip as a “shocker” and said he was trying to organise a site visit to root out the problem.