Calls to improve Colne back alleyway

  • The alleyway between Skelton Street and Dockray Street is causing concern
  • Ali Ahmed, from BCN Private Hire, said it has become a hotbed for fly-tipping, dog fouling and drug misuse
  • Pendle Council said they intend to fence off the area where the majority of the littering is taking place
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Calls have been made to improve a back alleyway in Colne that is said to have become a hotbed for fly-tipping, dog fouling and drug misuse.

Ali Ahmed, from BCN Private Hire, has complained to Pendle Council about the area between Skelton Street and Dockray Street.

The council need to react to this - enough is enough

He said other residents have also voiced their concerns about the problems, which include needles being left in the alleyway, and that “enough is enough”. He would like to see the area gated up and made “access only”.

The 40-year-old said: “This has been a problem for years and we have had to get rid of the rubbish before. We can’t keep putting ourselves out there and cleaning it up.

“Somebody can’t be there all the time, and I am sure the police have got more important things to do than safeguarding the alleyway.

“The council need to react to this - enough is enough.

“Colne is thriving at the moment and there are plenty of people putting money into Colne. When it is clean and tidy people want to come back, but if they see stuff like this it puts people off.

“These people have no respect for themselves and no respect for other people - that is how I see it.

“I don’t know how many people are doing it but they are setting a bad image for other people.”

Waste services manager David Walker said Pendle Council is aware of the issue, and that arrangements have been made for the alleyway to be cleared.

He added: “We also intend to fence off the area where the majority of the littering is taking place. This work will be funded from the area committee’s grotspot fund for Colne.

“Our environmental crime team will continue to patrol this area to monitor littering and dog fouling there.”

In response to Mr Ahmed suggestion of alley gates, the council’s anti-social behaviour officer Tim Horsley added: “This alley is a well used, well established public right of way and as such is simply not suitable for alleygating.”