People on a Birmingham street are threatening to stop paying their council tax after claiming the city council has failed to sort out problems caused by last year's tornado.
Residents on Alder Road - one of the areas worst affected by the freak storm - claim they have repeatedly pressed the authority to act but to no avail.
The street, which The Birmingham Post revealed was still a virtual building site, only regained street lighting last week.
During the last year, residents claim the authority has failed to: n Clear up derelict garages that have become a rat-infested dumping ground; n Clear up refuse on the street and act to stop fly-tippers; n Replant uprooted shrubs and trees; n Remove unsightly stumps left after trees were felled by the storm; n Clean up graffiti and dust and dirt caused by builders; n Act to clamp down on youths and gangs who have moved into the area.
Residents last month sent a letter to council leader Mike Whitby with a list of demands for work that needed to be done, including deadlines for completion.
But apart from reconnecting the street lights, they claim there has been no movement.
"They just seem to have completely neglected the area," said Marcus Parsons, of the Alder Road Residents Group.
"No one wants to take responsibility over the derelict garages. They are an eyesore and dangerous buildings. There are rats and gangs hanging around."
Mr Parsons said residents repeatedly contacted the authority to try and get the issues addressed.
"We had to write loads of letters and emails before getting the lights back on. We spent months trying to get things done but nothing happened," he said.
"So we sent this action plan to Mike Whitby saying we need someone to co-ordinate and focus on these issues.
"We got a response back saying someone would contact us to discuss the issues but it never happened."
Mr Parson warned residents were becoming so frustrated they were considering withholding their council tax payments in protest.
"We are paying council tax for street services like lighting, community safety and we are not getting any of that," he said.
"The council talks about regeneration but they haven't even re-instated what was originally there.
"If you have a broken window and you don't fix it then you will get more broken windows and then you get ghettos.
"Our next step will be to stop paying our council tax if these problems are not addressed."
Failure to pay the tax is a criminal offence that can lead to imprisonment.
Birmingham City Council last night refused to comment on the group's threats but admitted there were ongoing problems around Alder Road.
"We are aware of concerns raised by residents of Alder Road and have arranged a meeting to discuss these," said a spokesman.
"Many of the homes are owned by a housing association which is still carrying out major repair work. Until this is complete, and the associated disruption ceases, it is impractical to begin work on improving the street scenery or cleansing.
"However, as soon as we are able to tackle these issues they will be addressed as a priority."