Fly-tip menace at OAP’s farm

Some of the rubbish dumped

Some of the rubbish dumped

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AN ANGRY Wigan resident has hit out at fly-tippers who have been plaguing his mother.

Ian Wadsworth complained to Wigan Council in April when 67-year-old mum Jean first noticed that waste had been dumped on a road that runs alongside her home at Tan Pit Farm, Winstanley.

It is very frustrating, especially for mum. She tries to keep the area very clean but she cannot do as much as she used to do

Ian Wadsworth

Some of the eyesore rubbish included envelopes with people’s names and addresses on. And after it was cleared up, there have been two more instances of dumping since.

Mr Wadsworth, 38, said: “We contacted the council back in April when it happened for them to come and clear it, which they did. But it has happened a total of three times now and we want something doing so that it doesn’t happen again. It is very frustrating, especially for mum. She tries to keep the area very clean but she cannot do as much as she used to do.”

After clearing the mess the council has erected a sign nearby which forbids fly-tipping. But Mr Wadsworth still has his concerns: “We are now worried that people who saw the mess before it was cleared will see it as a dumping point for their rubbish in the future.”

This call for action comes just after the launch of the Report It app by Wigan Council, which makes it easier to report the issues of abandoned bins, broken glass, fly-tipping, dog fouling and graffiti on public land.

Alison Mckenzie-Folan, council director for transformation, said: “Thanks to the latest technology residents can help us by reporting issues such as fly-tipping. This new app is a great way to get involved in The Deal and for residents to let us know what needs tackling in our communities. The app complements the council’s MyAccount and website as easy ways to let us know what your issues are 24 hours a day.” Visit www.wigan.gov.uk/reportit and download the app from the website.