THE council's litter squad is to inspect a Darlington car park after complaints by residents.

People living near Chesnut Street lorry and car park have complained that the area is often strewn with take- away boxes and rubbish left behind by lorry drivers and motorists.

There have also been reports of hypodermic needles being left in the park, which is close to a children's play area.

A resident, who did not want to be named, said he had made several calls to the council about the rubbish, but nothing had been done.

He said: "The car park backs on to a children's play area and there are two different council departments that deal with them, so they both have said it is the other departments responsibility.

"I have just been passed around when I have been calling up to complain and nobody is doing anything about the rubbish. The lorry park is an absolute tip."

A council spokesman confirmed that the anti-litter squad would visit the area to assess the problem.

In November, Darlington Borough Council launched the litter campaign in a bid to clean up the town, a move supported by The Northern Echo.

Anyone wanting to report litter problems or flytippers can call the anti-litter hotline on (01325) 388777.