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Burnley waste centre labelled ‘not fit for purpose’

Lancashire Telegraph: The permit to carry out waste operations at the site currently belongs to Hapton Trading Ltd The permit to carry out waste operations at the site currently belongs to Hapton Trading Ltd

A BURNLEY waste centre has been labelled ‘not fit for purpose’ by a county councillor who claims it is attracting rats to nearby houses.

County Coun Margaret Brindle said the Oxford Mill Waste Transfer Station, in Oxford Road, was responsible for an ‘obnoxious’ smell in surrounding streets and was also causing traffic problems.

Representatives from the Environment Agency, which issues licences for the site, visited Burnley Wood last month with concerned residents and are continuing to monitor the mill.

The permit to carry out waste operations at the site currently belongs to Hapton Trading Ltd, which received planning permission to sort and recycle waste there from Lancashire County Council in August 1994.

County Coun Brindle, for Burnley Rural, said that although she respected the rights of the firm to do business, she believed parts of the building were ‘in a state of disrepair and possibly dangerous’.

The Liberal Democrat said: “It is wholly unacceptable that people should have to put up with this. There is a school, a children’s centre, a medical centre and a chemist within a few yards of Oxford Mill.

“Considerable regeneration has taken place in the area over the last few years with new homes being built close by. Is this the right place for a waste transfer station like the one at Oxford Mill?

“The Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council and Burnley Council should all work together to ensure that people have a clean and safe environment in which to live, and not one blighted by the activities being carried out in this old mill building.”

She added that ‘numerous’ residents had reported rats in their homes and that parents had reported their children feeling sicl when they were near the mill.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “We are aware of localised issues resulting from activities at the site, which have been reported to us.

“Currently we are carrying out site inspections and working with the business to ensure it operates within its environmental permit.

“Should the operator fail to adhere to the permit, or it is identified that the current permit does not fully control the activities at the site, there are a number of enforcement options which are open to us.”

No-one from Hapton Trading Ltd was available to comment.

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10:00pm Wed 21 May 14

muzz76uk says...

Yes lets close it and put more people out of work. Its been there for 20 years and the houses for how long? You don't want to smell waste then don't buy a house next to a waste transfer station. Also is there a local election coming up by any chance?
Yes lets close it and put more people out of work. Its been there for 20 years and the houses for how long? You don't want to smell waste then don't buy a house next to a waste transfer station. Also is there a local election coming up by any chance? muzz76uk
  • Score: 12

10:49pm Wed 21 May 14

fireonthemountain says...

Absolutely brilliant comment muzz76uk !!

I assume MB would close it down and plant windmills .

Considering there was a massive fire at the Accy Rd site on the 10th ,
you might have expected some positive ideas from her .

But no , yet another Lib who will say anything for a headline .

As you say - election coming up .
Absolutely brilliant comment muzz76uk !! I assume MB would close it down and plant windmills . Considering there was a massive fire at the Accy Rd site on the 10th , you might have expected some positive ideas from her . But no , yet another Lib who will say anything for a headline . As you say - election coming up . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 7

11:48pm Wed 21 May 14

billy32 says...

Somebody dumped two settees on some spare land along with some bin bags. The bin bags are now ripped open revealing the persons name and address. When my wife rang the Blackburn council and told them about it and that you could see the persons name and address. They said they would send someone out in around ten days., Which is great because in ten days the litter will be all over the field. You can't win. And they say report fly tippers. Waste of a phone call or what.
Somebody dumped two settees on some spare land along with some bin bags. The bin bags are now ripped open revealing the persons name and address. When my wife rang the Blackburn council and told them about it and that you could see the persons name and address. They said they would send someone out in around ten days., Which is great because in ten days the litter will be all over the field. You can't win. And they say report fly tippers. Waste of a phone call or what. billy32
  • Score: 10

8:19am Thu 22 May 14

CLARETMINTY says...

Muzz76 it has been there for 20 years but it mainly used to deal with rubble a and bits of wood from the empty skips, now it is being used for household waste disposal and it attracts rats and flies and the smell is disgusting especially over the last few weeks with the warm weather.

I could be playing tennis at wimbledon this year i have become that good at swatting flies with my electric bat!!!
Muzz76 it has been there for 20 years but it mainly used to deal with rubble a and bits of wood from the empty skips, now it is being used for household waste disposal and it attracts rats and flies and the smell is disgusting especially over the last few weeks with the warm weather. I could be playing tennis at wimbledon this year i have become that good at swatting flies with my electric bat!!! CLARETMINTY
  • Score: 3

8:23pm Thu 22 May 14

muzz76uk says...

CLARETMINTY wrote:
Muzz76 it has been there for 20 years but it mainly used to deal with rubble a and bits of wood from the empty skips, now it is being used for household waste disposal and it attracts rats and flies and the smell is disgusting especially over the last few weeks with the warm weather.

I could be playing tennis at wimbledon this year i have become that good at swatting flies with my electric bat!!!
Ok lets close it then, put 15 men out of work, i'll start bringing my kids round yours for their tea when i can't afford to fed them eh?
[quote][p][bold]CLARETMINTY[/bold] wrote: Muzz76 it has been there for 20 years but it mainly used to deal with rubble a and bits of wood from the empty skips, now it is being used for household waste disposal and it attracts rats and flies and the smell is disgusting especially over the last few weeks with the warm weather. I could be playing tennis at wimbledon this year i have become that good at swatting flies with my electric bat!!![/p][/quote]Ok lets close it then, put 15 men out of work, i'll start bringing my kids round yours for their tea when i can't afford to fed them eh? muzz76uk
  • Score: -2

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