Waste deliveries to stop at controversial Burnley site

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Bosses of a controversial waste transfer site have promised to stop domestic waste deliveries after angry residents slammed it as a health hazard.

Neighbours in Burnley Wood came together to try to force action over the Oxford Mill Waste Transfer Station in Parliament Street and Oxford Road claiming the site was responsible for an influx of rats and flies into their homes.

But, after talks with Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle, bosses have promised that tomorrow (Friday) will see the last delivery of domestic waste to the site.

County Coun. Margaret Brindle said: “The owners of the site have made assurances to myself and Gordon Birtwistle that they will no longer receive domestic waste deliveries.

“They will then spend the next weeks clearing the site of domestic waste, and it will then revert to its original operation of waste transfer of hardcore and rubble.”

The residents’ group welcomed the proposals but said they will still meet on June 10th and will continue to monitor the site.

Mother-of-four Melanie Jones, who helped to form the group, said: “This is welcome news but we will be keeping an eye on what goes on there.

“The site is causing real misery for residents. We have had issues with rats and hundreds of flies coming in to our homes.

“There are large lorry loads of all kinds of waste coming to this place. It is not being recycled and in our opinion is a health hazard which shouldn’t be in a residential area and so close to a primary school.”

County Coun. Brindle, who visited the site, agreed the domestic waste transfer operation was unsuitable for a residential area.