400 Oswaldtwistle residents protest over ‘intolerable’ plague of flies

FED UP Residents pack a meeting about the terrible fly problem in Oswaldtwistle last night

FED UP Residents pack a meeting about the terrible fly problem in Oswaldtwistle last night

First published in Oswaldtwistle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

MORE than 400 people attended an emergency meeting claiming their lives had been made ‘intolerable’ by a plague of flies.

Angry Oswaldtwistle residents said this week’s warmer weather had caused huge swarms of the insects to emerge from decaying rubbish illegally dumped at the former Nipa Laboratories site.

County and borough councillor Peter Britcliffe said last night’s meeting was ‘an important show of feeling’ and that people ‘wanted answers’. The Environment Agency is investigating how the material, some wrapped in black plastic, came to be dumped at the site in Nook Lane.

Problems include:

• Large numbers of flies swarming outside windows and doors

• Entire surfaces such as floors and tables becoming covered with dead flies overnight

• Residents saying they are unable to eat or sleep with flies landing on them.

  • Food businesses having to keep produce under cover.

One shop alone has sold 1,000 fly paper kits and 200 spray bottles in five days instead of the usual one or two items per week.

Annette Cairns, who lives in Stanhill Lane a few streets away from the site, said: “It’s a full blown plague. There are swarms of them just buzzing around trying to get in and they crawl on you when they do.

“Yesterday I burned myself badly with a cup of tea because one crawled onto me.”

New Lane resident Margaret Smith said: “I came down the other morning and the entire carpet was black, covered in dead flies.

“It is absolutely disgusting. We find them on the windowsills and surfaces too. They get in no matter how careful you are”.

People said they were sleeping in closed rooms, covering their heads, to prevent flies crawling on them while asleep.

Another New Lane resident Angela Fordham said: “There’s just clouds of them waiting to come in so you can’t open the window. They’re just swarming around. When they’re in the house they crawl all over you. They aren’t a bit afraid when you swat them away.

“We have tried eating in the house but when they keep landing on your food, you just end up throwing it away.

“Even if you make a brew, you’ll get three flies floating in it before you’re done with it. It’s like that film The Birds - but with flies.”

Some householders and businesses said the flies were proving resistant to spray fly killers and even professional electric grid flykillers.

Butcher John Whittaker at Whittaker’s in Union Road said: “We don’t spray anything obviously and we have two professional electric grids which are usually very effective. However these new small flies seem impervious to it and just dance around it and through it.”

Gobbiner Cafe owner Christine Hannon said: “We’re cooking with all the doors and windows closed tight shut, so it gets very hot and intolerable. We have to be so careful in keeping everything covered up. It needs sorting out very quickly.”

Annie Wheeler at Pound Plus Store said: “People are very unhappy. We’ve been getting a lot of carers in who are buying for the housebound people. One man said he cared for a blind man who couldn’t see how many flies were in his house.”

Coun Britcliffe said urgent action was needed.

He said: “The residents need to know immediately what is being done about this problem because they are battling it on a daily basis.

“We need to know what action is being taken, how the flies problem will be cleared and whether the waste is affecting the watercourses.

“I urge the authorities to answer the residents’ questions. I am being contacted by residents non stop who want advice on what to do.”

One resident who attended last night’s meeting said: “What is happening is just rubbish, we have still not got answers to what is going on.”

The Environment Agency said it had received dozens of complaints on the issue and ownership of the site where the waste had been dumped was unclear.

It said no-one had permission to dump material on the site.

A spokeswoman said: “This is unpleasant for local people and has caused disruption to local businesses, which is not acceptable.

“Pest controllers are working on the site today and everyday until the situation is resolved. We are currently investigating the enforcement options available and are closely monitoring the situation. Those affected can call our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”

Another meeting will be held tonight at Tricky’s pub, Thwaites Road, Oswaldtwistle tonight.

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9:49am Thu 26 Jul 12

alf-abett says...

Is the assumption that the rubbish is there because of Fly Tippers or is it more ominous, I would suggest the problem will be short lived once the weather cools down and our typical English summer returns, methinks it''s a Fly in the Ointment problem so to speak, and I equally think that more damage is possible to one's body by patronising some of the Take Away's in the area.
Is the assumption that the rubbish is there because of Fly Tippers or is it more ominous, I would suggest the problem will be short lived once the weather cools down and our typical English summer returns, methinks it''s a Fly in the Ointment problem so to speak, and I equally think that more damage is possible to one's body by patronising some of the Take Away's in the area. alf-abett
  • Score: -2

9:50am Thu 26 Jul 12

R0BB0 says...

there is a serious health concern here, contaminated water, 2 pets have died from drinking from the brook and people are getting ill, although nothing yet can be pinned to the waste being the reason for this, it needs removing fast...rats next ? problem spreading into Knuzden and Shadsworth

the council have a duty to remove this from the area...

i know alot of people who will not be paying council tax untill this is sorted
there is a serious health concern here, contaminated water, 2 pets have died from drinking from the brook and people are getting ill, although nothing yet can be pinned to the waste being the reason for this, it needs removing fast...rats next ? problem spreading into Knuzden and Shadsworth the council have a duty to remove this from the area... i know alot of people who will not be paying council tax untill this is sorted R0BB0
  • Score: 5

10:00am Thu 26 Jul 12

ratshowilikeit says...

Who has dumped it?? Its household waste so it's come from a council!! WhIch councIl??who owns the
land?? Somejail term for this!!! Name and shame!!!
Who has dumped it?? Its household waste so it's come from a council!! WhIch councIl??who owns the land?? Somejail term for this!!! Name and shame!!! ratshowilikeit
  • Score: 1

10:03am Thu 26 Jul 12

notchuffed says...

alf-abett wrote:
Is the assumption that the rubbish is there because of Fly Tippers or is it more ominous, I would suggest the problem will be short lived once the weather cools down and our typical English summer returns, methinks it''s a Fly in the Ointment problem so to speak, and I equally think that more damage is possible to one's body by patronising some of the Take Away's in the area.
With talk of it being due to Fly Tipping maybe somebody can check what it actaully is. Being a plague of flies which obviously come from maggots that need food to digest maybe have a look for possible dumped cooking oil and waste from food establishments.

We see it happening a lot where oil, curry, brown sauce and tomato sauce containers, unused Naans and lettuce etc being illegally thrown into the river. Always done late at night when normal people are tucked up in bed. Commercial food premises have to pay for disposal so who is avoiding paying and breaking the law ???
[quote][p][bold]alf-abett[/bold] wrote: Is the assumption that the rubbish is there because of Fly Tippers or is it more ominous, I would suggest the problem will be short lived once the weather cools down and our typical English summer returns, methinks it''s a Fly in the Ointment problem so to speak, and I equally think that more damage is possible to one's body by patronising some of the Take Away's in the area.[/p][/quote]With talk of it being due to Fly Tipping maybe somebody can check what it actaully is. Being a plague of flies which obviously come from maggots that need food to digest maybe have a look for possible dumped cooking oil and waste from food establishments. We see it happening a lot where oil, curry, brown sauce and tomato sauce containers, unused Naans and lettuce etc being illegally thrown into the river. Always done late at night when normal people are tucked up in bed. Commercial food premises have to pay for disposal so who is avoiding paying and breaking the law ??? notchuffed
  • Score: 1

10:07am Thu 26 Jul 12

R0BB0 says...

notchuffed wrote:
alf-abett wrote:
Is the assumption that the rubbish is there because of Fly Tippers or is it more ominous, I would suggest the problem will be short lived once the weather cools down and our typical English summer returns, methinks it''s a Fly in the Ointment problem so to speak, and I equally think that more damage is possible to one's body by patronising some of the Take Away's in the area.
With talk of it being due to Fly Tipping maybe somebody can check what it actaully is. Being a plague of flies which obviously come from maggots that need food to digest maybe have a look for possible dumped cooking oil and waste from food establishments.

We see it happening a lot where oil, curry, brown sauce and tomato sauce containers, unused Naans and lettuce etc being illegally thrown into the river. Always done late at night when normal people are tucked up in bed. Commercial food premises have to pay for disposal so who is avoiding paying and breaking the law ???
much much much larger scale than that
[quote][p][bold]notchuffed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alf-abett[/bold] wrote: Is the assumption that the rubbish is there because of Fly Tippers or is it more ominous, I would suggest the problem will be short lived once the weather cools down and our typical English summer returns, methinks it''s a Fly in the Ointment problem so to speak, and I equally think that more damage is possible to one's body by patronising some of the Take Away's in the area.[/p][/quote]With talk of it being due to Fly Tipping maybe somebody can check what it actaully is. Being a plague of flies which obviously come from maggots that need food to digest maybe have a look for possible dumped cooking oil and waste from food establishments. We see it happening a lot where oil, curry, brown sauce and tomato sauce containers, unused Naans and lettuce etc being illegally thrown into the river. Always done late at night when normal people are tucked up in bed. Commercial food premises have to pay for disposal so who is avoiding paying and breaking the law ???[/p][/quote]much much much larger scale than that R0BB0
  • Score: -1

10:22am Thu 26 Jul 12

useyourhead says...

if it was a body that had been dumped they would find the vehicles responsible, they will fanny about having meetings and discussions till the cows come home. the land is registered, its an easy search. if it isn't then the council should claim it, clean it and sell it to boost the coffers and fund the clean up. simples.
if it was a body that had been dumped they would find the vehicles responsible, they will fanny about having meetings and discussions till the cows come home. the land is registered, its an easy search. if it isn't then the council should claim it, clean it and sell it to boost the coffers and fund the clean up. simples. useyourhead
  • Score: 2

11:38am Thu 26 Jul 12

deanpurple says...

It's like that film Birds...
It's like that film Birds... deanpurple
  • Score: 0

1:48pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Bredrin says...

Rather rthan gather and bicker you need to move the rubbish outside of the council building.

See if they respond then...
Rather rthan gather and bicker you need to move the rubbish outside of the council building. See if they respond then... Bredrin
  • Score: 4

2:29pm Thu 26 Jul 12

jogalot says...

There are hundreds of huge black plastic bags the size of hay bales piled up on two sides of Cockers. I don't want to go in and see what is inside them. It is an organized operation. They were brought in on convoys of articulated lorries, I think from St Helens or Liverpool (someone will remember the lorry names. 'fraid I can't)
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It's been done to save £100 a load or whatever they charge at the tips. They've saved themselves 1000s of pounds. But you can bet who will have to pay the clean up bill...
There are hundreds of huge black plastic bags the size of hay bales piled up on two sides of Cockers. I don't want to go in and see what is inside them. It is an organized operation. They were brought in on convoys of articulated lorries, I think from St Helens or Liverpool (someone will remember the lorry names. 'fraid I can't) . It's been done to save £100 a load or whatever they charge at the tips. They've saved themselves 1000s of pounds. But you can bet who will have to pay the clean up bill... jogalot
  • Score: 0

3:01pm Thu 26 Jul 12

R0BB0 says...

Bredrin wrote:
Rather rthan gather and bicker you need to move the rubbish outside of the council building.

See if they respond then...
what 40 tons of it !?

be real
[quote][p][bold]Bredrin[/bold] wrote: Rather rthan gather and bicker you need to move the rubbish outside of the council building. See if they respond then...[/p][/quote]what 40 tons of it !? be real R0BB0
  • Score: 0

3:29pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Malthus says...

I think there is an issue with fly tippers. They should find the people who have dumped all of these flies and make them catch each and every one of them.
I think there is an issue with fly tippers. They should find the people who have dumped all of these flies and make them catch each and every one of them. Malthus
  • Score: -1

3:36pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Jerome and her son says...

I bet it’s like that film The crying game - but with flies.
I bet it’s like that film The crying game - but with flies. Jerome and her son
  • Score: -2

4:17pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Info-warrior says...

On RT.COM they have been runing a story about babies being dumped
Medical experts and investigators are pondering the origins of more than 200 human fetuses found disposed in the Urals. Speculation ranges from illegal abortions to illegal stem-cell research.
The discovery of 248 human fetuses near the town of Nevyansk in the Urals sent waves through the medical community in Russia, raising questions as to why and how the fetuses, aged 12-16 weeks, ended up in the forest near a highway.
Officials already believe the fetuses are from at least four different medical institutions. Some of them may be more than a decade old.
All the fetuses are now undergoing forensic examination at a local hospital in an attempt to discover more details which may shed light on the case.
Even though this story is from Russia I do think that somebody should go and check out whats rotting inside those bags.
On RT.COM they have been runing a story about babies being dumped Medical experts and investigators are pondering the origins of more than 200 human fetuses found disposed in the Urals. Speculation ranges from illegal abortions to illegal stem-cell research. The discovery of 248 human fetuses near the town of Nevyansk in the Urals sent waves through the medical community in Russia, raising questions as to why and how the fetuses, aged 12-16 weeks, ended up in the forest near a highway. Officials already believe the fetuses are from at least four different medical institutions. Some of them may be more than a decade old. All the fetuses are now undergoing forensic examination at a local hospital in an attempt to discover more details which may shed light on the case. Even though this story is from Russia I do think that somebody should go and check out whats rotting inside those bags. Info-warrior
  • Score: -3

9:40pm Thu 26 Jul 12

totcoms says...

we have a sticky fly catching tape full of the little b******ds. Does anyone want to buy it or should i put it on e-bay????
we have a sticky fly catching tape full of the little b******ds. Does anyone want to buy it or should i put it on e-bay???? totcoms
  • Score: 0

6:54am Fri 27 Jul 12

Laura123 says...

It was said in the meeting last nite, that it was some chap who lives in Ireland who owns the site, it is he, who is getting the rubbish moved, not the council as they will want you to think. It is going to be moved to somewhere near bury, and dumped yet again on an approved site!
It was said in the meeting last nite, that it was some chap who lives in Ireland who owns the site, it is he, who is getting the rubbish moved, not the council as they will want you to think. It is going to be moved to somewhere near bury, and dumped yet again on an approved site! Laura123
  • Score: 1

6:55am Fri 27 Jul 12

alf-abett says...

totcoms wrote:
we have a sticky fly catching tape full of the little b******ds. Does anyone want to buy it or should i put it on e-bay????
Stick it up your a!se, you stupid person
[quote][p][bold]totcoms[/bold] wrote: we have a sticky fly catching tape full of the little b******ds. Does anyone want to buy it or should i put it on e-bay????[/p][/quote]Stick it up your a!se, you stupid person alf-abett
  • Score: 1

6:55am Fri 27 Jul 12

alf-abett says...

totcoms wrote:
we have a sticky fly catching tape full of the little b******ds. Does anyone want to buy it or should i put it on e-bay????
Stick it up your a!se, you stupid person
[quote][p][bold]totcoms[/bold] wrote: we have a sticky fly catching tape full of the little b******ds. Does anyone want to buy it or should i put it on e-bay????[/p][/quote]Stick it up your a!se, you stupid person alf-abett
  • Score: 1

9:10am Fri 27 Jul 12

NICEONESUNSHINE, says...

Notwithstanding that this can't be very pleasant there are some cracking comments.........

“Yesterday I burned myself badly with a cup of tea because one crawled onto me.”

"They aren’t a bit afraid when you swat them away".

"It’s like that film The Birds - but with flies".

"What is happening is just rubbish"

Meanwhile proof that every cloud has a silver lining.........

"One shop alone has sold 1,000 fly paper kits and 200 spray bottles in five days instead of the usual one or two items per week"

Good job you don't live in the outback. You wouldn't last 5 minutes
Notwithstanding that this can't be very pleasant there are some cracking comments......... “Yesterday I burned myself badly with a cup of tea because one crawled onto me.” "They aren’t a bit afraid when you swat them away". "It’s like that film The Birds - but with flies". "What is happening is just rubbish" Meanwhile proof that every cloud has a silver lining......... "One shop alone has sold 1,000 fly paper kits and 200 spray bottles in five days instead of the usual one or two items per week" Good job you don't live in the outback. You wouldn't last 5 minutes NICEONESUNSHINE,
  • Score: 5

9:46am Fri 27 Jul 12

callisha says...

Thay have been in my house since monday or tuesday there all over the place. You cant eat there in your face, the all over my baby when she is asleep SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE.
Thay have been in my house since monday or tuesday there all over the place. You cant eat there in your face, the all over my baby when she is asleep SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. callisha
  • Score: 0

11:35am Fri 27 Jul 12

callisha says...

callisha wrote:
Thay have been in my house since monday or tuesday there all over the place. You cant eat there in your face, the all over my baby when she is asleep SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE.
callisha wrote:
Thay have been in my house since monday or tuesday and we live in shadworth, there all over the place. You cant eat there in your face, the all over my baby when she is asleep SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE.
[quote][p][bold]callisha[/bold] wrote: Thay have been in my house since monday or tuesday there all over the place. You cant eat there in your face, the all over my baby when she is asleep SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE.[/p][/quote]callisha wrote: Thay have been in my house since monday or tuesday and we live in shadworth, there all over the place. You cant eat there in your face, the all over my baby when she is asleep SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. callisha
  • Score: 0

12:47pm Fri 27 Jul 12

dis-illusioned Rover says...

NICEONESUNSHINE, wrote:
Notwithstanding that this can't be very pleasant there are some cracking comments.........

“Yesterday I burned myself badly with a cup of tea because one crawled onto me.”

"They aren’t a bit afraid when you swat them away".

"It’s like that film The Birds - but with flies".

"What is happening is just rubbish"

Meanwhile proof that every cloud has a silver lining.........

"One shop alone has sold 1,000 fly paper kits and 200 spray bottles in five days instead of the usual one or two items per week"

Good job you don't live in the outback. You wouldn't last 5 minutes
..... and don't forget the quote in the article that ... "•Food businesses having to keep produce under cover." ...... perish the thought !!
[quote][p][bold]NICEONESUNSHINE,[/bold] wrote: Notwithstanding that this can't be very pleasant there are some cracking comments......... “Yesterday I burned myself badly with a cup of tea because one crawled onto me.” "They aren’t a bit afraid when you swat them away". "It’s like that film The Birds - but with flies". "What is happening is just rubbish" Meanwhile proof that every cloud has a silver lining......... "One shop alone has sold 1,000 fly paper kits and 200 spray bottles in five days instead of the usual one or two items per week" Good job you don't live in the outback. You wouldn't last 5 minutes[/p][/quote]..... and don't forget the quote in the article that ... "•Food businesses having to keep produce under cover." ...... perish the thought !! dis-illusioned Rover
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Fri 27 Jul 12

sponge-blob-squirt-pants says...

oh poop, and i thought i was eating an eccles cake. I thought there was only 2 things that fell from the sky, paratroopers and fly shyte.
oh poop, and i thought i was eating an eccles cake. I thought there was only 2 things that fell from the sky, paratroopers and fly shyte. sponge-blob-squirt-pants
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Fri 27 Jul 12

sponge-blob-squirt-pants says...

oh poop, and i thought i was eating an eccles cake. I thought there was only 2 things that fell from the sky, paratroopers and fly shyte.
oh poop, and i thought i was eating an eccles cake. I thought there was only 2 things that fell from the sky, paratroopers and fly shyte. sponge-blob-squirt-pants
  • Score: 0

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