A resident has told of his anger after an alleyway in Thornton was left littered with masses of fly-tipped waste.
David Gregson, of Gamble Road, has slammed fly- tippers who he claims have been targeting the alleyway near his home for months, leaving him worried for the welfare of children and pets in the area.
He said: “On a regular basis for the last three or four months there has been rubbish left in my alleyway.
“It has become that bad that I won’t even let my dog out into the back garden.
“I am looking for a long-term solution to the issue. They (the council) have not cleared up the latest tip that has been left and I am just worried with all the children and pets in the area.”
He added: “I’ve never seen anyone dumping waste, yet one neighbour said he once saw a van pulling away but it was too late by the time it clicked what they were doing.”
The 40-year-old says despite Wyre Council owning the road, they do not own the alleyway and so, while the council has removed some of the rubbish in the past, the authority will not put money into a long term solution.
But after months of fly- tipping Mr Gregson says he has had enough and is even prepared to invest his own money into measures to ensure the guilty people are caught.
He said: “As the council do not own the alleyway, they have told me in their own words that they are not prepared to put money into it due to the collapsed drains.
“I have even suggested to the council that they could set up security cameras in the alleyway and I’d happily run them through my own electricity to pay for them.”
A spokesman for Wyre Council said: “We have every sympathy for Mr Gregson and his neighbours as fly-tipping is a real nuisance. However, the area in question is private land, which complicates things a little, but we’ve still been helping to remove rubbish where we can.”
Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, thinks Mr Gregson has some sensible ideas and agreed there needed to be a long-term solution.
He said: “It is very good of the council to clear the rubbish away, but if this fly- tipping could be prevented in the first place then I do think long term the taxpayer will save money.
“I need to understand why Wyre Council has turned both his suggestions down and investigate with them what their solution is. I will report back to Mr Gregson when I have the answers.”