Burnley road closed after rubbish tipped

Rubbish dumped in Woodplumpton Road
Rubbish dumped in Woodplumpton Road

A huge pile of rubbish was dumped in the middle of a country road, forcing authorities to temporarily close it.

The rubbish, which included soil, wood and bags of waste, was dumped halfway down Woodplumpton Road, off Glen View Road and Crown Point, on Monday.

It looks like a lorry has tipped the rubbish deliberately. It must have been 3ft. high

Stuart Daniels

Walker Mr Stuart Daniels said: “It’s a disgrace. It looks like a lorry has tipped the rubbish deliberately. It must have been 3ft. high.

“I have noticed a lot more incidences of fly-tipping around Burnley recently. I think this is down to changes enacted by Lancashire County Council to what can be deposited at waste centres.”

Lancashire County Council brought in a permit system to limit how much construction and demolition waste people can dispose of for free at Household Waste Recycling Centres, with charges being applied for any extra.

Residents can also apply for a permit for the new system which began on June 1st.

Residents can apply for a free permit allowing them to dispose of up to ten 25kg bags of construction and demolition a year without charge.

A charge of £3.50 per 25kg bag or equivalent item will be applied for any further waste, or for any waste delivered without a permit. Permits are valid for a calendar year, or until the free allowance has been used.

County Coun. Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection and waste, said: “Our waste centres are primarily for people to recycle and dispose of normal household waste free of charge, which is a statutory duty for all waste disposal authorities.

“However, our current service also allows unlimited free disposal of wastes which include rubble, soil and plasterboard, among others, which isn’t a statutory duty. This is proving very expensive for the council to deal with, and unfortunately something we can’t continue to do in the present financial climate. Many other councils already charge for or place limits on this type of waste.”