Waste site ‘blighting business’

Businesses on the Wyrefields area of Poulton Industrial Estate are complaining about a waste site overlooking them which they allege is both dangerous and home to a wide variety of pests, including rats and flies. Manager of the Wyrefield Garage John Park with the tip in the background.

Businesses on the Wyrefields area of Poulton Industrial Estate are complaining about a waste site overlooking them which they allege is both dangerous and home to a wide variety of pests, including rats and flies. Manager of the Wyrefield Garage John Park with the tip in the background.

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Rodents and vermin are plaguing businesses on a busy industrial estate after flocking to a mountain of rubbish on a waste site, it has been claimed.

Businesses have said the rubbish, which can be seen from Wyrefields on Poulton Industrial Estate and stretches from Bracewell Avenue to Main Dyke, emits foul smells on warm days, affecting workers.

The site is run by Frank Smith Skip Hire, which has a permit to accept mixed household and commercial waste.

Now environmental health has been called in to assess the “disgusting” two-storey high pile of waste.

John Park, Wyrefield Garage manager, said: “It’s horrendous, it’s an eyesore and the smell is terrible when it’s hot.

“We’re infested with flies and we see rats scuttling about, environmental health have confirmed (there are rats).

“We’ve had customers say their cars were full of flies, it’s a bit embarrassing.”

Wyre Council workers have visited the site and the Environment Agency is 
assessing the situation.

A spokesman for Wyre Council said: “We are investigating a complaint about the site. We are monitoring it in relation to rodents and liaising with the Environment Agency to resolve it.”

A spokesman from the Environment Agency said: “Frank Smith Skip Hire hold an environmental permit that allows them to accept mixed household and commercial waste.

“We have put a hold on the site to prevent them from 
accepting any further waste until quantities of waste have been reduced.

“We are currently investigating the situation at the site and doing everything we can to ensure its impact upon the local community is reduced.

“We are aware that local businesses are concerned.”

Rob Drake, manager of food distributor V A Whitley, on Wyrefields, said: “It’s just a pest, it’s horrible. It’s not great with the flies. We’ve not had any vermin but it is a concern.”

No-one from Frank Smith Skip Hire was available to comment.