Race is on to move rubbish

Coun Jeanette Prescott is furious that the owner of a betting shop on Norley Hall Avenue has closed his business and left the area without bothering to tidy up the festering mounds of filth and rubbish in the back yard of the shop
Coun Jeanette Prescott is furious that the owner of a betting shop on Norley Hall Avenue has closed his business and left the area without bothering to tidy up the festering mounds of filth and rubbish in the back yard of the shop

THIS is the state left by fly tippers outside a former betting shop.

Councillor Jeanette Prescott has demanded action over the huge amount of waste dumped at the rear of Keith Davies Racing in Norley Hall Avenue.

She believes the rubbish was left by the former owner of the betting shop.

She said: “The area around the back of the shops is just full of rubbish.

“There is rotting food left around which will attract rats and nobody wants that. It is just a hideous mess.

“I rang the estates department at the council and I was told the owner of the betting shop had moved and they had left it like that.

“I don’t know what we have to do as an authority, but it needs to be cleaned up.

“In the past we have cleaned it up for them, but it is about time the real culprits remove their mess. It is not down to us or any other members of the community to clear up the rubbish. Those who left it there have a responsibility to keep it clean. I just don’t know how they can get away with it.”

Sally Wolstencroft, Wigan Council’s Head of Safer, Cleaner, Greener Neighbourhoods, said: “The property in question is owned by the council and was formerly rented out.

“It has since become vacant. It would be difficult at this stage to identify who left this mess so unfortunately the responsibility for cleaning it up now rests with the council.

“Clean ups such as this come at a cost to the authority and ultimately the council tax payer and it is obvious that the money used to clean up this mess could be better spent elsewhere.

“We appreciate and support the councillor’s calls for enforcement action and wherever we have sufficient evidence that someone has fly-tipped rubbish we will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action.”