Neighbours have voiced their concern after what they described as a “shanty town” appeared in Highams Park.

Set underneath a railway bridge in Wadham Road is a small site which homeless people have turned into a home with a living area, two sleeping areas and seating.

Residents of the man-made shacks, who were not at home when the Guardian visited, have set up two sleeping areas made of plywood and covered in blankets. Suitcases full of clothes and shoes are rested on top of the bunks which are big enough for numerous occupants.

Outside of one of the ‘bedrooms’ is a coffee table and chairs, making up what seems to be a small living area for the people residing in the camp.

But neighbours have taken to social media to speak out against the slum, which is full of human faeces and urine and has broken bottles strewn across the floor.

Waltham Forest council has been contacted for a comment.