Help us to catch the fly-tippers

Resident Carol Clarkson surveys the state of The Plantation beauty spot on Martland Mill Lane, with household items discarded by fly-tippers

Resident Carol Clarkson surveys the state of The Plantation beauty spot on Martland Mill Lane, with household items discarded by fly-tippers

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RESIDENTS of an area notorious for fly-tipping say it is only a matter of time until someone gets hurt.

Martland Mill Lane has had a problem with fly-tipping for more than two decades and residents are pleading with culprits to leave them alone.

Resident Carol Clarkson said: “Martland Mill is a small community living next door to an industrial estate, we have no shops or bus link and very much keep ourselves and our little community to ourselves.

“We have a small copse where children play and people walk their dogs in comfort, but we are subjected to constant fly-tipping which is destroying the area and putting lives in danger.

“My grandchildren play in the area and I am just frightened to death that they are going to end up getting hurt because some of the items dumped are so dangerous.

“This has been a problem for as long as I have lived here and we just want to be left alone. If I could say something to the people who are fly-tipping here it would be to ask them how they would feel if people were dumping their rubbish on the street they lived.”

There have been numerous efforts by the council over the years to clear up the secluded area surrounded by about 100 homes, including erecting gates, but these are simply knocked down so people can abandon their rubbish.

At the moment there is a broken fish tank, radio and fibre glass insulation boards out of an attic to name a few of the items plaguing the community.

Mrs Clarkson, 48, of Martland Mill Lane, said: “Not only is it unsightly but it is a danger to children who play in the area and dogs that are walked there. It is only a matter of time until somebody gets seriously hurt.”

Wigan Council’s Head of Safer, Cleaner, Greener Neighbourhoods, Sally Wolstencroft, said: “Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and the council will investigate when there is sufficient evidence. Although we are pro-active and patrol fly-tipping hotspot areas, invariably we rely on information provided by residents, businesses or evidence contained within the fly-tip itself before we can take enforcement action.

“In this particular location we last received a report more than six months ago. If residents and businesses are suffering from fly-tipping and have information to help us identify the culprits, we would urge them to contact our Neighbourhood Teams on 404364.”