Fly-tippers strike in Colne

CLOSE UP: Flytippers are said to be using Pendle Council bin bags to dispose of domestic waste (S)

CLOSE UP: Flytippers are said to be using Pendle Council bin bags to dispose of domestic waste (S)

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COMPLAINTS have been raised with Pendle Council about a spate of fly-tipping in Colne.

Over the weekend, reports were made about rubbish being dumped in areas of the town, including about 15 bags in Exchange Street, about 20 bags in Chapel Street, and a bag in Millennium Green, directly below a “Enjoy the green: don’t drop litter” sign. About seven new bags, filled with garden waste, were added to the Exchange Street pile on Monday.

In the majority of the instances, it is believed that fly-tippers were using Pendle Council bin bags, which are provided for free to businesses and people on rural collections, for their domestic waste.

A Colne resident, who didn’t want to be named, has informed the council about the rubbish, and now feels that more should be done to stop the fly-tippers from striking again.

He said: “Someone has got free trade bin bags from the council and then dumped them — they were full of domestic waste.

“Whoever is doing this is getting away scott free.

“This isn’t the council’s fault, but a minority of residents are being allowed to get away with it.

“If the council make an example of the minority, the people who are doing this, then the majority would hear about it.

“We will never stop fly-tipping, but what we can do is make an example of people.

“We don’t need a massive team, but we do need one or two individuals committed to the job.

“We want people to have a bit of respect in the area they live in.”

According to Coun. John David, who speaks up on fly-tipping in Pendle, officers have this week interviewed somebody in connection with fly-tipping in Colne, and are continuing their enquiries in the hope of finding who is responsible.

He said: “We have an Environmental Crime Team who as a part of their duties make regular patrols of the borough dealing with fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling.

“The team do what they can to deter fly-tippers from dumping their rubbish in Pendle. As our past record shows, we are willing to give free advice to residents and businesses on how to dispose of their waste responsibly.

“When fly tips are found, officers do search for evidence within the rubbish in the hope of finding where it might have come from. Occasionally something is found and they follow up leads to try and catch the perpetrators.

“Quite simply, there’s no reason for fly-tipping in Pendle. We make regular domestic collections of rubbish and recycling, and we offer a competitive trade waste collection service.

“We also collect bulky household items, such as large pieces of furniture, cookers or fridge/freezers, for free.”

Coun. David also commented that penalties for fly-tipping “are certainly not to be sniffed at”.

Anyone found guilty of fly-tipping faces a fine of up to £50,000 or up to five years in prison.

l Have you been affected by fly-tipping in Colne? Let us know by ringing 612561 or by emailing rebecca.cohen@jpress.co.uk.