Flytipping site on Hyndburn Council's doorstep

RUBBISH The offending site

RUBBISH The offending site

First published in Hyndburn

A FLYTIPPING site has sprang up next to an East Lancashire council’s office base, just feet away from staff cars.

Hyndburn Council has successfully prosecuted of flytippers, including residents who let rubbish mount up in their back yards.

However the council said it had been forced to endure the embarassing sight due to shared ownership of the land.

The council said piles of matresses, pallets, pieces of furniture and rubbish were being dumped next to its overspill staff car park.

The site is within yards of the council’s Scaitcliffe House base in Ormerod Street.

Opposition leader Peter Britcliffe said: “The council are quite quick to make sure other people clear up their backyards, and yet they haven’t cleared up something which is practically in their own.

“One of the first things that happened when this council came to power is they got rid of the three caretakers who kept watch on things like this.

“It is a very basic front line service and it gives a terrible message to anyone who may be visiting the council.

“They have powers to ensure the land is cleared up, why aren’t they being used?”

But deputy leader Clare Pritchard said the council were pursuing the problem.

She said: “It’s been a problem for a long time because the site is shared by four nearby properties.

“Who do we hold to account for it, legally?

“We have cleared the site six times in four years and are looking into alternatives, such as issuing notices.

“Flytipping will not be tolerated and we will be very proactive in solving this”.

Resident Chris Whalen, who passes the site regularly, said: “The site can be seen from the council offices. You’d think they’d simply watch to see who is flytipping.”

A nearby business owner, who asked not to be named, said: “There’s always been bits of fly tipping on there, and it doesn’t look too good to customers. You’d expect the council to sort it out.”

Council leader Miles Parkinson said the council would ‘do our best to resolve this’.

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4:09pm Wed 4 Apr 12

useyourhead says...

ER, possibly a video camera on the site from the councils window... or is that too sensible?
ER, possibly a video camera on the site from the councils window... or is that too sensible? useyourhead
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4:19pm Wed 4 Apr 12

doleboytrotter says...

I suppose closing certain recycling centres will only help with the flytipping problem.
I suppose closing certain recycling centres will only help with the flytipping problem. doleboytrotter
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4:19pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Snuffy bloke says...

I have a great idea to combat fly tipping, how about opening recycling plants in outlaying towns like for example Great Harwood where people could take their rubbish without having to trek to the top of a stinking hill miles away through heavy traffic to find the only tip for miles is closed..........just an idea?
I have a great idea to combat fly tipping, how about opening recycling plants in outlaying towns like for example Great Harwood where people could take their rubbish without having to trek to the top of a stinking hill miles away through heavy traffic to find the only tip for miles is closed..........just an idea? Snuffy bloke
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4:33pm Wed 4 Apr 12

mavrick says...

What did they expect?
What did they expect? mavrick
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4:34pm Wed 4 Apr 12

mavrick says...

What did they expect?
What did they expect? mavrick
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5:30pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Payback! nice one folks :) dump it right on their doorstep lol
Payback! nice one folks :) dump it right on their doorstep lol Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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5:36pm Wed 4 Apr 12

greenscreener says...

Question to Clare Pritchard -

Are you serious ?

"We have cleared the site six times in four years and are looking into alternatives, such as issuing notices."

“Flytipping will not be tolerated and we will be very proactive in solving this”.

Exactly how do you define PROACTIVE ? ( after 6 clean ups in 4 years ?)

Personally I think you should be a bit more reactive, to what people want - re-open recycling centres and people will bring their own crap and even sort it for you ! Its not rocket science.

You can of course carry on being proactive about your your flytipping problem, and maybe get some really effective notices printed in advance. That'll do the trick.
Question to Clare Pritchard - Are you serious ? "We have cleared the site six times in four years and are looking into alternatives, such as issuing notices." “Flytipping will not be tolerated and we will be very proactive in solving this”. Exactly how do you define PROACTIVE ? ( after 6 clean ups in 4 years ?) Personally I think you should be a bit more reactive, to what people want - re-open recycling centres and people will bring their own crap and even sort it for you ! Its not rocket science. You can of course carry on being proactive about your your flytipping problem, and maybe get some really effective notices printed in advance. That'll do the trick. greenscreener
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9:17pm Wed 4 Apr 12

ste.g says...

as a tax payer please can you spend my money on re-opening recycling centers and make them free for vans as well as cars.its costing me more to keep sending people to clean up after tippers.
as a tax payer please can you spend my money on re-opening recycling centers and make them free for vans as well as cars.its costing me more to keep sending people to clean up after tippers. ste.g
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1:25am Thu 5 Apr 12

Cllr Ken Moss says...

Hyndburn Council was firmly against closing the recycling centre at Great Harwood. Unfortunately, it is the Conservative-run Lancashire County Council who have closed the site.

Cllr Britcliffe also seems very quick to point out the failings of the new Labour administration in sorting out problems that he let build up since 1999.
Hyndburn Council was firmly against closing the recycling centre at Great Harwood. Unfortunately, it is the Conservative-run Lancashire County Council who have closed the site. Cllr Britcliffe also seems very quick to point out the failings of the new Labour administration in sorting out problems that he let build up since 1999. Cllr Ken Moss
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8:46am Thu 5 Apr 12

spendmymoneywisely says...

If only they had chosen to fly tip outside the offices of Lancashire County Council. It is they who chose to close thriving re-cycling centres so it is they who should be made to suffer!
If only they had chosen to fly tip outside the offices of Lancashire County Council. It is they who chose to close thriving re-cycling centres so it is they who should be made to suffer! spendmymoneywisely
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11:55am Fri 6 Apr 12

Elegant1 says...

Councillor Britcliffe's comment needs to be taken with a pinch of salt! Fly Tipping is caused by many things and reasons. Closure of the Gt Harwood facillity is to be deplored. It was a County Council decision to close that facility not a Hyndburn Council mistake! The closure should be deplored by all. There have been many reports of people being turned away from the Whinney Hill facility if reorts are to be believed. I would guess that this fly-tipping case may be a result of action by disgruntled residents!
Councillor Britcliffe's comment needs to be taken with a pinch of salt! Fly Tipping is caused by many things and reasons. Closure of the Gt Harwood facillity is to be deplored. It was a County Council decision to close that facility not a Hyndburn Council mistake! The closure should be deplored by all. There have been many reports of people being turned away from the Whinney Hill facility if reorts are to be believed. I would guess that this fly-tipping case may be a result of action by disgruntled residents! Elegant1
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9:18pm Fri 6 Apr 12

hairy mary says...

here be an idea, seeing as the allotment fees have shot up why dont we hire a jcb dig a big hole use the top soil on other allotments and charge people to dump thier s@@@@ in the big hole then cover it up with couple of cabbages and the money raised would pay for the hike in fees
here be an idea, seeing as the allotment fees have shot up why dont we hire a jcb dig a big hole use the top soil on other allotments and charge people to dump thier s@@@@ in the big hole then cover it up with couple of cabbages and the money raised would pay for the hike in fees hairy mary
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9:30pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Black Car Guy. says...

Well the LCC close down recycle centres and people start to fly tip. Who would have thought it.
Well the LCC close down recycle centres and people start to fly tip. Who would have thought it. Black Car Guy.
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