Vile health haz­ard of flytip­ping on re­serve

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY FAYE BROWN faye.brown@trin­i­tymir­ @fayebrownLDR

THESE shock­ing im­ages ex­pose an n il­le­gal fly-tip­ping swamp at a for- mer ‘beauty spot’ in Run­corn. Lo­cated at a na­ture re­serve park k un­der­neath the Mersey Gate­way bridge, , the tip spans about half a mile down a re­mote path used mostly by cy­clists.

But the once idyl­lic route has been n blighted by a spate of il­le­gal waste dump- ings, which res­i­dents have branded a ‘vile health haz­ard’.

Alarm­ing im­ages show that tonnes of f waste rang­ing from house­hold fur­ni­ture e to chil­dren’s toys have been aban­doned d at the tip, which backs onto the Man- ch­ester Ship Canal in Wigg Is­land, Run­corn.

Items which have been left to rot at the tip in­clude a mouldy head­board, chairs, a full couch, a fridge, bricks, tyres, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, bot­tles, clothes and gen­eral waste.

Sev­eral pieces ap­pear to have been torched, in­clud­ing a cab­i­net, mat­tresses and parts of a tree.

Con­cerned peo­ple liv­ing in the area said the site ap­pears to be a known hotspot for rogue rub­bish dumpers, with one passer-by de­scrib­ing the level of waste as on an ‘in­dus­trial scale’.

Res­i­dent Tim Green, who spot­ted the tip dur­ing a walk in the park, said: “It’s hor­ren­dous. You don’t ex­pect to find that in your town.

“I must have seen about 20 or 30 burnt and un­burnt mat­tresses, all sorts of fur­ni­ture, a fridge, tyres – there’s not a lot of rub­bish I did not see.

“It shouldn’t hap­pen. It’s a tip. It be­longs on a tip or a land­fill some­where, not a park. That’s not a one off. It’s on an in­dus­trial scale. I’ve never seen any­thing like that at all. “

The 61-year-old added: “It looks like some­one is em­ployed to re­move rub­bish and is us­ing a short cut to get rid of it. But once fly-tip­ping starts it just es­ca­lates and gets worse and worse. I don’t know how peo­ple find out about (lo­ca­tions) like that.

“It’s dan­ger­ous and it’s im­ping­ing on the road. It’s right on the edge of the canal and it (the waste) could get in and pol­lute the wa­ter. It’s not good for the en­vi­ron­ment en­vi­ron­ment. “

Res­i­dents have also taken to so­cial me­dia to ex­press their dis­gust at the site af­ter a video of the dump was shared on Face­book.

One said: “This is where your cheap tip runs are go­ing ... Down the side of Wigg Is­land.”

Oth­ers branded it as ‘dis­gust­ing’ and a ‘vile health haz­ard’, while one said: “What a bloody shame!! A beauty spot ru­ined!”

Hal­ton Coun­cil has in­tro­duced Fixed Penalty No­tices of £400 to tackle an in­crease in fly-tip­ping of­fences – the max­i­mum amount any lo­cal author­ity can charge for the crime un­der Gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion.

Fines were in­tro­duced af­ter Wind­mill Hill Wood in Run­corn was shamed as a na­tional fly-tip­ping hotspot by the Wood­land Trust last year.

How­ever, de­spite prom­ises by the coun­cil to crack down on the of­fence, res­i­dents have claimed the prob­lem is only be­com­ing worse.

A Hal­ton Coun­cil spokesper­son said waste man­age­ment has con­firmed that the site on Wigg Is­land is not coun­cilowned land, but that it is look­ing into who the land be­longs to and will alert them to the is­sue.

In a pre­vi­ous state­ment on fly-tip­ping, a spokesper­son said: “The coun­cil un­der­takes reg­u­lar tar­geted ini­tia­tives in ar­eas iden­ti­fied as ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fly-tip­ping prob­lems.

‘‘These ini­tia­tives in­clude a range of ac­tiv­i­ties such as car­ry­ing out ‘door knock­ing’ ex­er­cises, de­liv­er­ing in­for­ma­tion leaflets to house­hold­ers, work­ing with hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions, and in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­ci­dents of flytip­ping in an at­tempt to gather ev­i­dence to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble.” ● Left, bin­bags full of rub­bish dumped at the site, un­der the Mersey Gate­way bridge ●

Im­ages of the se­cret il­le­gal tip at Wigg Is­land, Run­corn, where waste is be­ing dumped on an in­dus­trial scale

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