Mindless idiots have been blamed for turning our streets and parks into eyesores by dumping rubbish and not clearing up dog waste.

Problems have been cited across the borough in Huncoat, Oswaldtwistle, Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington, Altham and Great Harwood.

Council waste bosses have vowed to investigate every report of fly tipping and crack down on those to blame.

Father-of-four Gary Smith said he was appalled by the sight of rubbish dumped recently near the Jackhouse reservoir off Haslingden Old Road in Oswaldtwistle.

Mr Smith, 24, of Sandy Lane, Accrington, took pictures of the waste and also of a similar site at the top of Plantation Street.

He said: “There’s always been rubbish dumped in that area but that’s the worst I’ve seen it.

“It’s really disgusting as it’s a nice area. It looks like a tipper truck has been. It's disgraceful.

“It’s not a good thing for my children to see. You don’t want them growing up thinking that kind of thing is right or normal.

“Something major needs to happen to stop these people getting away with it. Maybe it needs a few more prison sentences to set an example.”

Huncoat councillor Dave Parkins said the village has become a magnet for fly-tipping and dog waste in recent years.

Coun Dave Parkins with flytipping rubbish in Huncoat
Coun Dave Parkins with flytipping rubbish in Huncoat
 

He said: “I have been round a number of back streets and properties in Huncoat and there has been lots of dog faeces and fly tipping of bags, mattresses and cardboard boxes.

“It’s a big problem down here and it’s been going on for years. We have to stop these people.

“The council with the staff its got is doing its best but we need to help.”

Concerns were raised in Oswaldtwistle last month after reports of more rubbish being dumped close to the former NIPA factory site at Nook Lane.

Hyndburn council referred the latest incident to the Environment Agency, which said it was dealing with the matter.

It comes only months after an Environment Agency investigation was launched into 4,000 bales of waste left on the Nook Lane site last July, which preceded a major outbreak of flies in the town.

Oswaldtwistle councillor Peter Britcliffe said it was very important that action is taken very early on such incidents.

He added: “The last thing we want is a repeat of the Ossy Mossy saga last summer.”

One Oswaldtwistle resident, who asked not to be named, said the town is being blighted by dog dirt and litter, with not enough deterrents in place.

He said: “There’s dog dirt on practically every metre of road around Church and Oswaldtwisle.

“I’m constantly picking up litter within 400 metres of my house. If everyone did that the area would look a lot better.

“You have dog walkers tramping through flower beds and destroying bulbs as well, some people just don’t care.”

Hyndburn council deputy leader Clare Pritchard said the council are taking these incidents ‘very seriously’ and will combat them in the ‘strongest possible terms’.

She said: “We do get fly tipping and we always look though every single one to find out precisely the people who have done it. People need to ensure their waste is taken away responsibly by somebody licensed to deal with it in an appropriate way.”

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