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Darwen ‘fly-tippers cannot win’
A COUNCILLOR has bemoaned the state of a fly-tipped back alley used by parents to take their children to school.
The alley between Olive Lane and St James’s Primary School in Darwen is constantly being littered, said Sudell councillor Roy Davies.
Rubbish, including a mattress and shopping trolley, have also been thrown over a fence and on to the school field.
Coun Davies, who spends hours litter-picking in the Sudell ward every week, said he was tired of the alley being used as a dumping ground.
He said: “Over the past two weeks I have litter-picked this back alley three times.
“I have also reported it to the council who have been very good.
“They have removed large items and bags and even gone in and swept it because there were large amounts of glass.
“I looked on Friday and it was perfectly clean, then on Saturday I went and it looked like a bean bag had been split open and all the insides thrown everywhere.
“The back is used by parents to take their children to the school. And the school fields are constantly fly-tipped with rubbish being thrown over the fence.”
Coun Davies said he couldn’t understand who was responsible for dumping the rubbish or why they did it.
He said: “About a third of the houses on that block are empty.
“Olive Lane has recently been leafleted with letters warning residents they will be prosecuted for fly-tipping if evidence is found. I am at a loss as to why people want to live like this.
“But I will not let this stop me litter-picking in the area as if I do the fly-tippers have won and the good people that live in the area will have lost.”
Coun Jim Smith, executive member for environment, said: “Dumping rubbish instead of disposing of it in the proper legal way is totally at odds with the overwhelming majority of law abiding residents, which has been shown by thousands taking part in clean-ups through Your Call.
“We will continue to prosecute those responsible for these acts.”
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