BUILDING materials have been dumped in an alleyway that was cleaned up a year ago having previously been blighted by fly-tipping.

The alley behind Accrington Road, Intack, Blackburn, used to suffer from fly-tipping before it was given a spring clean less than a year ago.

Since then it has been free of problems but on Friday morning materials including sand, gravel and wooden planks were left abandoned, causing access problems for the residents who use it.

Martin Baybutt, 66, who runs Martin’s Original Barbers at the end of the road, said: “It is a real shame, we were only saying the other day that the alleyway has been great since it was cleaned up around a year ago.

“Then we come back from the supermarket on Friday morning and find all this rubbish dumped there, it is unbelievable.

“We reported it to the council immediately and hopefully something will be done about it as soon as possible.

“The alleyway is used by a lot by the residents in the area so it is an important route. This is going to cause a lot of problems.

“It was like this a year ago before the clean-up. It used to suffer from fly-tipping all the time but this is the first time something like this has happened in about a year.”

Coun Faryad Hussain, executive member for environmental Improvement and sustainability, said: “We investigate any incidents of fly-tipping and we prosecute where possible.

“It’s a great shame that this issue has arisen so soon after the alley being cleaned. Fly-tipping causes great disruption and upset as well as being a health hazard.

“If you see anyone dumping rubbish or acting suspiciously, please report them by calling 01254 585921.”