FLY-TIPPING has become such a menace on a Wigan estate that it is breeding vermin.
And after a number of complaints from residents of Lamberhead Road and Richmond Hill in Pemberton Coun Jeanette Prescott today issued a plea to those who are dumping rubbish into a fenced off compound behind the houses to think of the consequences of their actions.
She says that there is already a problem with rats in the area and that all the rubbish being dumped is only adding to the problem.
Coun Prescott added: “This is not ordinary fly-tipping with large household items being dumped in this compound but seems to just be household rubbish, which makes me think that it must be residents putting it there.
“I know that there are already problems with rats in the area, so this is only going to make the problem worse. The rats will continue to breed and there is a real risk that they will start getting into the nearby homes and causing havoc, which would be terrible because they carry diseases.”
This is not the first time there has been a problem with fly-tipping in this compound according to the councillor and although she is not sure who owns the land, Coun Prescott says she knows of at least one other occasion when the land owner has had to tidy up the dumped rubbish themselves.
She said: “We are trying to find out who the owner is to get them to clear the area, although they shouldn’t really have to do so. There is also a problem with Japanese Knotweed in the compound.
“Not only is this creating a problem with hygiene but it is also a huge eyesore and makes the area totally unsightly. There is rubbish all up the side of the footpath to the back of the properties.”