RESIDENTS have hit out at fly-tippers who dumped toxic waste close to a Hapton ford.
The mess, containing oil, fibreglass and oxidising agent, was discovered at the site, off Mill Hill Lane, on Thursday.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said he had dragged some of the chemical out of the water, fearing it could be contaminated, and immediately reported the rubbish to the Environment Agency.
“They want it dumping in their own back garden and see how they like it. Then give them the bill.
“There were contaminants among the rubbish. I wish the authorities would do a bit more about this sort of thing and make it easier for people to get rid of waste, then we might not have so much fly-tipping.
“You get children and people walking their dogs down there. You don’t know what could be in the water.”
The waste also contained old work boots, dust sheets and old engine parts.
A spokesman from Burnley Borough Council’s Streetscene team said: “The council has investigated the site and cleared the stream immediately.
“We have good leads and evidence to explore after investigating the site which should enable us to pursue a successful prosecution. We are working with the Environment Agency to progress this.
“There is some additional waste on the surrounding land, which we think is associated with the fly tipping in the stream.” The additional waste was due to be cleared by council workers yesterday (Monday).