Vermin fears grow at canal rubbish dump

Rubbish piled up on Garstang tow path
Rubbish piled up on Garstang tow path
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Boaters on a canal fear an over-flowing rubbish point will create a haven for rats if it is not immediately cleared away.

More than 20 black bags have been piled on top of industrial-sized bins which can be seen by dog walkers and those mooring their boats on the waterway.

Grandfather-of-two Phil Blaydes owns a boat in Garstang Marina and regularly moors it on the canal.

He claims the rubbish has been there since November and the Canal River Trust, which is responsible for clearing the walkway, has only been there once since then to clear it away.

The 64-year-old said: “If you are walking your dog along the canal or tying up your boat it can create problems with rats.

“It’s an eyesore and there must be vermin about.

“It started to pile up at the end of November and it’s been cleared up once, but started to build up again.

“We have grandchildren and a dog and have moored our boat next to it in the past.

“It’s probably a health risk and it’s very busy to moor your boat over there, so sometimes the only space that’s left is around the rubbish tip and I don’t want to be there.

“This is hardly a welcome site to greet visitors, locals and boaters alike, apart from the serious health and environment issues.”

Coun Tom Balmain, Garstang ward councillor for Wyre Council, has vowed to look into getting the rubbish cleared.

He said: “I will have a word with Wyre Council about what we can do. I would’ve thought that whoever looks after it are responsible for moving the rubbish, but I will take this matter forward.”

A spokesman for the Canal River Trust said: “We had people working on the canal this weekend looking at the situation, and we will be talking to our contractor about this at the beginning of this week.”