Fly-tip­pers ruin beauty spot

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SAM YARWOOD [email protected] @sam­yarwood89

FLY-TIP­PING is blight­ing a lo­cal beauty spot on the bor­der of Old­ham and Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne.

An aban­doned tram­po­line and a mound of rot­ting bin bags with a child’s toy car dumped on top lit­ter the area.

Daisy Nook Coun­try Park has over the years be­come a hotspot for dumped rub­bish.

As soon as it has been cleared up, some­thing else ap­pears in its place.

The lat­est mess was dis­cov­ered near Knott Lanes. Dog walker Sarah Mur­phy said she is forced to re­port fly-tip­ping most days.

“Some­thing needs to be done to catch these lazy in­di­vid­u­als that don’t have any re­spect for our coun­try­side and wildlife,” she said.

“My per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence is that I have stopped hack­ing out on my horse – you are al­ways try­ing to dodge bro­ken glass and nails which can and have punc­tured hooves. It’s hor­ren­dous.”

Sarah said that both coun­cils are quick to clean up the rub­bish, but added it is never nor­mally long be­fore some­thing else is dumped there.

Tame­side coun­cil con­firmed it was aware of the fly-tip­ping.

A spokesman said: “Fly-tip­ping is to­tally un­ac­cept­able. It in­curs costs that are wholly un­nec­es­sary, di­vert­ing money that is needed by front­line ser­vices.

“We re­alise only a tiny group of peo­ple is re­spon­si­ble, but to pros­e­cute we need ev­i­dence.

“If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion we would ask them to con­tact us so that we can take ac­tion.

“Fly-tip­ping can be re­ported through the coun­cil web­site. We will al­ways pros­e­cute when we are able to do so.”

Some of the rub­bish dumped near Daisy Nook

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