Fly-tip fury

Coun Paul Prescott and Sam Murphy, Labour Party candidate in the Pemberton Ward by-election, at Norley Quarry

Coun Paul Prescott and Sam Murphy, Labour Party candidate in the Pemberton Ward by-election, at Norley Quarry

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MORE rubbish has been dumped in a notorious grot spot in Wigan.

Ward councillors were horrified to discover that large quantities of waste have been abandoned in Norley Quarry, behind St Thomas Sports and Social Club, in Marsh Green,

And in the last week, Couns Paul and Jeanette Prescott have worked with Wigan Council to remove two burnt-out armchairs in Saddleback, Norley, and also to rid the stream in Marsh Green of rubbish,

Coun Jeanette Prescott said: “It is very frustrating when we find furniture dumped, as there isn’t any need for it. Everyone can have it collected once a year from the council free. Wigan Council has kept this on even with severe cuts imposed on them. And we have had skips put in Saddleback, so to have someone dump their rubbish once they have gone is ridiculous. This is an ongoing issue and needs to be stopped.

“Last year, planning and leisure spent £3,000 cleaning up the stream that runs through Marsh Green. This is about people taking responsibilities for their own actions. We have already arranged for environmental officers to go to a house in Pemberton, where the owner keeps leaving rubbish at the side of their house,

“People need to be aware that leaving rubbish at the side of their house is still an offence.

“People are leaving their rubbish at the side when the bins are fill and the bin men won’t collect it - these bags can attract rats or be ripped by dogs. Contact us if they see someone dumping and give us a chance to catch them in the act.”

Coun Paul Prescott added: “There are certain areas that run between Marsh Green and Falkirk Grove that are notorious for fly-tipping.

“It is a blight on the area and is costing tax payers money. I am willing for officers to go down the enforcement route to make an example of people.”

To report fly-tipping (and litter, graffiti, fly posting and dog fouling), call the council on 01942 404364. Alternatively, call Couns Prescott on 01942 736242.