Rat nightmare for Oswaldtwistle residents

Rat nightmare for Oswaldtwistle residents

Rat nightmare for Oswaldtwistle residents

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

RATS are running rampant in an Oswaldtwistle back alley, it was claimed.

Residents along a section of Union Road have complained about rubbish piling up, attracting vermin, local councillor Peter Britcliffe said.

A row has since broken out over who is responsible for clearing it up.

Coun Britcliffe said area council caretakers used keep back alleys tidy, but in an email seen by the Lancashire Telegraph, a council worker said the back street is unadopted, and therefore the responsibility of those living there.

Coun Britcliffe was contacted by an elderly resident concerned about the mess, who he said is too old to clear the mess herself.

He said: “She is particularly mentioning a former off licence back yard, close to her house.

“The point I’m making is that there are so many unadopted back streets in Hyndburn, we have to got to keep the rubbish cleared off them.

“This is now just a licence to fly tip.”

In an emailed response to Coun Britcliffe’s concerns, head of environmental partnerships at Hyndburn Council, Tony Akrigg, wrote: “I’ve made some enquiries about this and it appears the back street is unadopted, so the maintenance and cleansing is the responsibility of premises that adjoin it.”

Mr Akrigg said a litter notice may be the most appropriate course of action

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6:24pm Sat 3 May 14

mavrick says...

It would be easier to just send a team in and clear it.
It would be easier to just send a team in and clear it. mavrick
  • Score: 13

6:49pm Sat 3 May 14

HarryBosch says...

Do the residents of this particular back alley pay a reduced amount of council tax in recognition of the alley being unadopted?
If not then Hyndburn Council should crack on and get it cleared. End of story.
Do the residents of this particular back alley pay a reduced amount of council tax in recognition of the alley being unadopted? If not then Hyndburn Council should crack on and get it cleared. End of story. HarryBosch
  • Score: 23

8:26pm Sat 3 May 14

Malthus says...

HarryBosch wrote:
Do the residents of this particular back alley pay a reduced amount of council tax in recognition of the alley being unadopted?
If not then Hyndburn Council should crack on and get it cleared. End of story.
I agree to an extent. However, there are individuals who regard the fact that that they are living on an unadopted street as being a positive thing. In my opinion the street should be canvassed to establish whether the majority want to opt in or stay out. After such a survey then appropriate action should be taken. If the residents wish to be adopted fine if not that is fine too. However, if they have had reduced community charge and that now needs to be increased, well that should happen too.
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Do the residents of this particular back alley pay a reduced amount of council tax in recognition of the alley being unadopted? If not then Hyndburn Council should crack on and get it cleared. End of story.[/p][/quote]I agree to an extent. However, there are individuals who regard the fact that that they are living on an unadopted street as being a positive thing. In my opinion the street should be canvassed to establish whether the majority want to opt in or stay out. After such a survey then appropriate action should be taken. If the residents wish to be adopted fine if not that is fine too. However, if they have had reduced community charge and that now needs to be increased, well that should happen too. Malthus
  • Score: 11

9:03pm Sat 3 May 14

hairy mary says...

Tough
Tough hairy mary
  • Score: -10

9:06pm Sat 3 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Rodents, Clowncillors, Same animal !!!! They all tend to thieve and. Scavenge at times !!!!!!**********+
Rodents, Clowncillors, Same animal !!!! They all tend to thieve and. Scavenge at times !!!!!!**********+ ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 11

10:24pm Sat 3 May 14

hairy mary says...

Alright me owd mucker
Alright me owd mucker hairy mary
  • Score: -9

10:56pm Sat 3 May 14

zabby says...

Any takeaways
Any takeaways zabby
  • Score: 7

11:33pm Sat 3 May 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

They must be on there way to a foodbank
They must be on there way to a foodbank 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 4

9:59am Sun 4 May 14

shytalk says...

They aren't rats. They're gobins
They aren't rats. They're gobins shytalk
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Sun 4 May 14

wilddog says...

you dirty rat!
you dirty rat! wilddog
  • Score: 2

4:54pm Sun 4 May 14

noddy57 says...

This rat problem has been rife in Oswaldtwistle for years but it is now becoming endemic,sloppy cleansing issues being ignored for far too long
This rat problem has been rife in Oswaldtwistle for years but it is now becoming endemic,sloppy cleansing issues being ignored for far too long noddy57
  • Score: 6

5:08pm Sun 4 May 14

moxhie says...

I am puzzled as to why there is not a feature on Britcliffe playing the Pied Piper of Gobbin Land .
I am puzzled as to why there is not a feature on Britcliffe playing the Pied Piper of Gobbin Land . moxhie
  • Score: 5

5:17pm Sun 4 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

moxhie wrote:
I am puzzled as to why there is not a feature on Britcliffe playing the Pied Piper of Gobbin Land .
EXCELLENT and Extremely Observant !!! Thanks for That
[quote][p][bold]moxhie[/bold] wrote: I am puzzled as to why there is not a feature on Britcliffe playing the Pied Piper of Gobbin Land .[/p][/quote]EXCELLENT and Extremely Observant !!! Thanks for That ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 7

8:19pm Sun 4 May 14

vendetta64 says...

noddy57 wrote:
This rat problem has been rife in Oswaldtwistle for years but it is now becoming endemic,sloppy cleansing issues being ignored for far too long
don't blame sloppy cleansing on dirty lazy residents who are all too quick to dump their waste
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: This rat problem has been rife in Oswaldtwistle for years but it is now becoming endemic,sloppy cleansing issues being ignored for far too long[/p][/quote]don't blame sloppy cleansing on dirty lazy residents who are all too quick to dump their waste vendetta64
  • Score: 3

8:20pm Sun 4 May 14

vendetta64 says...

mavrick wrote:
It would be easier to just send a team in and clear it.
and who pays everybody else
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: It would be easier to just send a team in and clear it.[/p][/quote]and who pays everybody else vendetta64
  • Score: 2

8:25pm Sun 4 May 14

vendetta64 says...

it does amaze me that no one no matter were they live never ever see anyone dumping the waste and are either to scared to report the incident anonymously or just hope that the fly tipping pixies will keep removing the waste dumped by some scumbag who does not give a toss about his neighbours
it does amaze me that no one no matter were they live never ever see anyone dumping the waste and are either to scared to report the incident anonymously or just hope that the fly tipping pixies will keep removing the waste dumped by some scumbag who does not give a toss about his neighbours vendetta64
  • Score: 1

3:21pm Mon 5 May 14

noddy57 says...

vendetta64 wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
This rat problem has been rife in Oswaldtwistle for years but it is now becoming endemic,sloppy cleansing issues being ignored for far too long
don't blame sloppy cleansing on dirty lazy residents who are all too quick to dump their waste
Fair point but where l used to live there was a brook which was teeming with the vermin, who is to blame for that ? surely its not the residents its more likely to be the habitat that needs addressing maybe it needs a good clean up.
[quote][p][bold]vendetta64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: This rat problem has been rife in Oswaldtwistle for years but it is now becoming endemic,sloppy cleansing issues being ignored for far too long[/p][/quote]don't blame sloppy cleansing on dirty lazy residents who are all too quick to dump their waste[/p][/quote]Fair point but where l used to live there was a brook which was teeming with the vermin, who is to blame for that ? surely its not the residents its more likely to be the habitat that needs addressing maybe it needs a good clean up. noddy57
  • Score: 2

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