ANGRY residents are demanding action after the latest fly-tipping incident blocked their back-alley for the third time in two months and the tenth time in two years.

Audley householders are calling for gates on the narrow street behind Audley Range after a lorry dumped a pile of bricks and the apparent contents of an empty house.


The weekend incident took place between Lincoln Road and North Road in the alleyway which runs behind Audley Range.

The residents claim Audley councillor and borough neighbourhoods boss Yusuf Jan Virmani told them the council has no more cash to pay for barriers.

Protest leader, 31-year-old father-of-one and bank worker Ahmed Mahmood said: “We are fed up with this and want gates on this back-alley.

“We have had ten incidents in two years and three in two months.

“This time its builders rubble and house contents but we get bags full of food waste and rotting vegetation which brings rats, mice and other vermin.

“The back alley gets blocked and the council lorries can’t collect the bins.

“We can’t let our children go out to play.

“We have asked for gates to be put in our back alley but the Cllr Virmani said the council cannot do this due to funding cuts.

“We feel we are fighting a battle we can’t win.”

Resident Mohammad Arif said: “We are fed up.

“It keeps happening every two weeks. Why can’t we have gates on the alley like everyone else?”

This latest incident follows a string of similar illegal rubbish dumpings across the borough.

In October shameless fly-tipper were caught on camera dumping a putrid mess of household waste, rubble, wood and mattresses from a lorry in Addison Street in Wensley Fold.

Last month piles of rubbish were tipped in Higher Church Street, Darwen.

Borough environment boss Jim Smith said: “Sadly Jan-Virmani is right.

“There is no money for more alley gates.

“The people who do this are a disgrace who make life a misery for other residents.

“Anyone with evidence should contact the council or the police.”

In September the borough council reported there had been 14 fly-tipping incidents every day in Blackburn with Darwen in 2014/15.

Cllr Jan-Virmani was unavailable for comment.