Road shut as flytippers leave giant waste dump

Tonnes of rubbish was fly-tipped across Blackpool streets blocking two roads. Council staff clear up Paddock Drive
Tonnes of rubbish was fly-tipped across Blackpool streets blocking two roads. Council staff clear up Paddock Drive
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Tonnes of rubbish was fly-tipped across Blackpool streets blocking two roads.

Tonnes of rubbish was fly-tipped across Blackpool streets blocking two roads.

In the space of just 12 hours, a wagon tipped waste across two Marton roads while a tipper dumped rubbish across five South Shore streets, leaving taxpayers footing the bill to clear it away.

Residents on Paddock Drive and Kipling Drive, Marton, helped to clear the rubbish, including toilets and tiles, from their streets early on Wednesday after waking to see the mess.

The council’s cleansing department then moved in to clear the remainder and start sifting through waste forclues as to who was responsible.

Coun Amy Cross, cabinet member for streetscene and the environment, said: “This was a large fly tip and one our officers had to react to quickly.

“The scale of the dumping on Paddock Drive was so large we had to close the road for a few hours.

“We are now going through the dumped rubbish to find evidence that will help us bring the culprits to justice.”

On Baron Road, Saville Road, Harlech Avenue, Westfield Road and Arnside Avenue, in South Shore, more rubbish was tipped at around midday on Wednesday, by a dark blue van, completely blocking Westfield Road.

Coun Cross added: “We take fly tipping offences very seriously and do prosecute those people whose actions blight communities, cause a hazard to residents and divert tax payers’ money into cleaning up the area afterwards.

“There is no excuse to illegally dump rubbish; household waste can be disposed at the council’s refuse centre in Bispham or by using our new mobile recycling unit, Rover.

“Anybody asking for waste to be removed needs to make sure that they use a licensed waste carrier and get documentation and receipt. Otherwise, evidence could make them liable if it’s fly tipped.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.