Belmont beauty spot fly-tipping clean-up to cost £1000

Lancashire Telegraph: PILE OF JUNK Richard Waters at the site near Delph Reservoir, Belmont PILE OF JUNK Richard Waters at the site near Delph Reservoir, Belmont

THE clean-up of a 20 tonnes of illegal rubbish dump will cost more than £1,000.

Flytippers used bolt-cutters to break off a padlock securing a farmer’s entrance to a dirt track on land close to Delph Hill Reservoir, Belmont, off Blackburn Road.

It is believed flytippers then reversed their van 100 metres up the track off Stones Bank Road before dumping two loads of rubbish.

The huge pile, which has been cleared by United Utilities, contained asbestos and rubble from a demolition site as well as cardboard rolls and material.

A United Utilities spokesman said: “We are working with Blackburn with Darwen Council to investigate this incident and we believe there may be an indication of who it was.

“It is a very dangerous practice and something we thoroughly condemn.”

The illegal rubbish tip appeared last weekend and was investigated by Blackburn with Darwen Council environmental crime officer Richard Waters.

Mr Waters said it was not uncommon for larger loads to be dumped out in the countryside, away from street lighting and CCTV.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blackburn with Darwen Council on 01254 585585.

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6:09pm Mon 14 Nov 11

CapitaBackHander says...

I see Richard Waters is treating the asbestos with the same respect his collegues at Blackburn tip do! I hope they can never possibly sue the council for the exposure.
I double bagged (did not have the correct gear at the tip) and wrapped the asbestos. Went to the tip and a council clown followed in and just through it into the crate I was in. Dust everywhere. I had a word and thankfully he sulked and left me to empty my own car. If he and Richard Waters is exposing himself to Asbestos like that on a weekly basis then they deserve a lesson.
£1000 is cheap - UU must have removed it themselves.
I see Richard Waters is treating the asbestos with the same respect his collegues at Blackburn tip do! I hope they can never possibly sue the council for the exposure. I double bagged (did not have the correct gear at the tip) and wrapped the asbestos. Went to the tip and a council clown followed in and just through it into the crate I was in. Dust everywhere. I had a word and thankfully he sulked and left me to empty my own car. If he and Richard Waters is exposing himself to Asbestos like that on a weekly basis then they deserve a lesson. £1000 is cheap - UU must have removed it themselves. CapitaBackHander

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