Former MP for Haslingden and Hyndburn has written to the council about the fly-tipping issue that seems to be getting progressively worse.

The entrance to Oswaldtwistle Wind Farm on Old Haslingden Road is littered with rubbish and domestic type waste.

The ongoing problem hasn’t seen any progress so former MP Graham Jones wrote a letter calling for action.

Lancashire Telegraph: Waste at entrance of Oswaldtwistle Wind FarmWaste at entrance of Oswaldtwistle Wind Farm

It states: “I appreciate the efforts to remove on frequent occasions, but Oswaldtwistle continues to be a ‘fly tippers paradise.’

“Current efforts have been unable to stem what must appear to (the) council as a tsunami of illegal waste.

"It wouldn’t be fair to say council efforts have failed given the sterling efforts of hard-working council staff, however a different approach may be worthy of consideration given the persistence of the fly tippers.”

Lancashire Telegraph: Another photo of the fly-tipping Another photo of the fly-tipping

Locals are suggesting that CCTV footage is installed in the area and fines issued to fly-tippers to prevent them from continuing.

One local woman commented: “The council don’t do anything about it when you provide photographic evidence. I caught someone fly-tipping, reported it, and sent pictures but they never contacted me for a statement or further information.”

Another man commented: “I can’t believe it’s that difficult to find the culprits. However, if the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, they will just carry on.”

Lancashire Telegraph:

In April, the government announced a plan to crackdown on fly-tipping after local authorities dealt with 16 per cent more fly tipping incidents in 2020 to 2021 than the previous year.

The government offered a new council grant totalling £450,000 to help fund tackling the problem where some councils were granted up to £50,000 of the share. However both Hyndburn and Rossendale council didn’t attempt to bid for the extra funding to help resolve the issue.

A new Planning Application to extend the life of the wind farm has gone to the Planning Committee and a new condition that requires the site owners of Oswaldtwistle Wind Farm to be responsible for the condition of the entrance has been added to it.

As well as information detailing plans for landscaping; management measures required to allow large vehicles to enter the site safely; and importing turbine components in 2024, the new Access Condition includes details of cameras and signage to be installed.

The reason for the New Access Condition is to help prevent fly-tipping at the entrance of the site.