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Fly-tipping inaction in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: The mess in the park The mess in the park

A COUNCILLOR has promised to look into the council’s complaints sys-tem after a report of fly-tipping was not acted upon for more than three weeks.

A sofa, cushions and bedding were dumped behind the potting shed in Roe Lee Park and were found by Maurice Ffelan, a member of the Friends of Roe Lee Park, who reported it to the council by email.

But the rubbish rem-ained and vandals tore up the dumped furnishings and threw them around the play area, leaving the entire park a mess.

Jason Walker, chairman of the Friends of Roe Lee Park, said: “It was prob-ably just kids messing about but it’s such a shame because if something was done about it sooner, it wouldn’t have been this bad.

“The council said that they didn’t get the email but myself and other friends and members had told local councillors at a ward meeting so I’m sure that somebody knew about it. It’s just maddening because the mess ended up being so much worse.”

The friends group meets regularly to maintain the park and keep it clean. The working party meets once a month but it has previously met every two weeks to ensure the park is kept to a high standard.

Mr Ffelan said: “Nat-urally we feel saddened and frustrated when people go out of their way to mess up our pleasant little park.

“For the most part, we do not have a great deal of trouble from anti-social behaviour in the park.

“I had reported the rubbish but I pointed out that it was out of public view and perhaps therefore not a priority in the run up to Easter.

“Unfortunately, vandals got at it, probably on Easter Monday, and the resulting mess was reported on Tuesday.

“It was cleared by a team from Corporation Park yesterday which was pretty impressive given the difficulties of picking up synthetic cotton wool.”

Roe Lee councillor Phil Riley praised the efforts of the group, and said: “The work that the friends group do and how they are keeping the park tidy is something to be commended.

“When you’re relying on volunteers to do so much hard work and they do it as well as the friends group, we really need to respond quicker.

“It’s clear that the council did not act swiftly enough in this instance and I will be looking into the initial complaint.”

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7:40pm Fri 25 Apr 14

M.DANNY says...

Please BwD Coucil bring back free bulky collections.BwD council is charging for bulky collections and people will start fly tipping in parks roads back alleys and other people's back yards.
People pay too much council tax and BwD Council wants to charge for removing rubbish ?
Please BwD Coucil bring back free bulky collections.BwD council is charging for bulky collections and people will start fly tipping in parks roads back alleys and other people's back yards. People pay too much council tax and BwD Council wants to charge for removing rubbish ? M.DANNY
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1:38pm Sun 27 Apr 14

mmickk says...

And what are all the Muslim Councillors doing going to mosques that are calling to prayer? No Mosque is allowed to do this they do not have planning permission. Yet these Councillors are blatantly ignoring this and the complaints to the council about noise pollution are also ignored. Taxpayers pay your wages yet they are not fit for purpose. Why should we have to shut our windows when some Muslim rants over a loud speaker. Its noise pollution and illegal same with Jans conference centre with fire works after 11pm yet another Councillor breaking the law. This council is corrupt from top to bottom how can they expect us to be law abiding when they are not.
And what are all the Muslim Councillors doing going to mosques that are calling to prayer? No Mosque is allowed to do this they do not have planning permission. Yet these Councillors are blatantly ignoring this and the complaints to the council about noise pollution are also ignored. Taxpayers pay your wages yet they are not fit for purpose. Why should we have to shut our windows when some Muslim rants over a loud speaker. Its noise pollution and illegal same with Jans conference centre with fire works after 11pm yet another Councillor breaking the law. This council is corrupt from top to bottom how can they expect us to be law abiding when they are not. mmickk
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