Taxpayers to foot £6k bill for mess clean-up

Jeanette and Paul Prescott are concerned about the amount of rubbish that is being fly tipped in a stream in Marsh Green

Jeanette and Paul Prescott are concerned about the amount of rubbish that is being fly tipped in a stream in Marsh Green

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FLY-tippers have left a Wigan community with a £6,000 clean-up at taxpayers’ expense.

Residents have been dismayed to discover gradually accumulating loads of trash being dumped on open land between Marsh Green and Norley.

Big piles of rubble and household items such as vacuum cleaners, deep fat fryers and furniture have been dumped on the grassy area, as well as in the stream which runs across the land, by Heyford Road and Hind Road, Marsh Green,

Environmental teams from Wigan Council will work on removing the rubbish, at an estimated cost of £6,000. Funding will be split evenly between the council’s planning and leisure departments.

Local councillors Jeanette and Paul Prescott have condemned the mess. Coun Jeanette Prescott said: “It is shocking the amount of money it will cost.

“This has been escalating for years and we cannot allow this to go on. It will cost so much because it is such a big job and we don’t know how dangerous it is to get into the stream to clear it out.

“The land in question is so beautiful and is used as a cut-through to the doctor’s surgery, schools and shops. But people seem to be throwing litter on the floor and carrying bits of furniture.

“And along the edge it looks like lorries have dumped rubble in the stream. It is a mess and is encouraging rats into the area. And the water flow is blocked up because of the rubbish.

“I don’t know why people are dumping their furniture there because if they ring the council they are entitled to having three items taken away for free. There is no need to fill the stream and land with rubbish.

“All that I am asking is that if anyone is walking across that land not to drop litter and to put it in their pocket.”

Residents are entitled to one free collection of up to three bulky items a year. To arrange a collection call Wigan Council on 01942 404364.