Legal action could be taken against a scrapyard business over fire fumes.
Hyndburn Council said they have received ‘numerous complaints’ from ‘concerned’ residents in Great Harwood over the T H Smith & Sons Ltd site on Meadow Street.
Councillor Gareth Molineux told a meeting of the area forum, which was called by the council: “He’s burning rubbish on a daily basis at the moment. He’s been doing it for about four weeks.
“He has been served with a notice to stop it, however to enforce that notice, with the safety of the officers being paramount, they can’t go onto that site without a police escort and also the fire brigade at the same time.
"Collectively all parties are working together to put a stop to it and potentially to revoke the licence of that site completely.
“We have reports from people in Clayton who are apparently specialists in this that are suggesting it is carcinogenic stuff.”
Council leader Miles Parkinson said they want to get the matter resolved ‘as quickly as possible’.
He told the area forum meeting: “Environmental health have gone along to the premises and they have been, shall we say, abused and required the police and their presence.”
A council spokesperson said: “We want to reassure local people that we are taking action and are working with the police, Environment Agency and fire service to deal with this.
“Given the nature of the incidents, the agencies concerned will also be considering legal action against the site operator.”
T H Smith & Sons Ltd did not respond to a request for comment.