Warning issued over Millom flytipping
Last updated at 16:35, Monday, 22 April 2013
FLYTIPPING in Millom – including an incident where a suitcase filled with X-rated DVDs was dumped – has led to a town councillor warning of a “chain reaction” if the problem is not stopped.
Residents have raised concerns about the issue after tyres, building materials and rubbish were dumped on land off Mainsgate Road, on the slagbank near Hodbarrow nature reserve.
The material includes bags filled with a fibreglass like material, plasterboard and glass.
The suitcase was also found near the nature reserve. The land is owned by Manchester-based property developers Urban Splash.
Copeland Borough Council has confirmed it is unable to remove the rubbish because it is on private land.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “I contacted Urban Splash more than a year ago and I have heard nothing back.
“It’s their land and they should take responsibility. We are trying to make Millom more of a tourist attraction and this doesn’t help.
“It’s just inconsiderate. There’s a lot of wildlife around here and a lot of people walk their dogs.”
Councillor Jack Park said: “When people start flytipping like this it encourages people to do it more.
“It leads to a chain reaction. They need to be stopped.”
A large quantity of tyres appear to have been burned near the dumping site, and tyres continue to be left there.
Cllr Park said: “I have spoken to the local garages about this and they assure me that every old tyre they receive has to be documented and accounted for.
“I suspect it may be someone from our town.”
Fellow town councillor Ray Cole added: “It’s absolutely outrageous.
“People are working hard to clean up the area. If it does continue it will be an expensive job to get it cleaned up.”
The resident said: “There are blackberry bushes here but they have all died off. I just want something done about it.”
Urban Splash had not responded to requests for a comment at the time of going to press.
First published at 16:08, Monday, 22 April 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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When is millom council going to get of there backside and start looking after the intrests of millom people?, do somthing about fly tipping, set up a camera, get intouch with all these people that own the land around millom and tell them to sort there property out or loose it!