A breakthrough on a problem-plagued former mill site branded the “biggest eyesore in the borough” may finally have been made, councillors hope.
Work appears to have begun to clear tonnes of rubble from the notorious Perseverance Mill site in Padiham.
Burnley firm RJF Plant Hire have been tasked with cleaning up the land by the owners who were hauled before the courts and fined nearly £6,000 in October.
A crane and heavy goods vehicles were seen shifting mounds of debris on Tuesday on the Dryden Street site which is considered the town’s number one grotspot.
Work could take up to three months to clear the land but councillors tentatively hope this could be the beginning of the end of residents’ Perseverance Mill nightmare.
Coun. Andy Tatchell, who has been fighting to clear the site up for six years, said: “We have had many false dawns. But it looks like pressure from the courts may have started something.
“A large space has been cleared near Shakespeare Street. What has been done in one day is amazing.
“There is still a lot of stuff to shift here and we will be watching what goes on very closely.”
Padiham town councillor John Kenyon believes it would be a huge victory for the town if the site was finally cleared up.
Coun. Kenyon said: “The people of Padiham have been complaining about Perseverance Mill for donkeys’ years.
“There have been many, many letters and stories in the Burnley Express complaining about it.
“It is down to people in Padiham as a whole – especially the people who live near it who have suffered for a long time.
“I look at it every week. I am amazed nobody has been seriously hurt there.”
A Burnley Council spokesman said: “We’re pleased to see progress being made on cleaning up this site. We recognise this will be a difficult process that could take some time to complete.
“We will be closely monitoring the situation.”