FURIOUS residents have slammed the British National Party for trying to "hijack" their fight against plans for a waste disposal plant in Huncoat with a leaflet campaign.
Hard-working residents have been campaigning to stop the former Huncoat Power Station site being turned into a waste disposal centre and claim the BNP is trying to take the credit after posting leaflets through letterboxes.
The BNP leaflets say: "In Huncoat we say NO to the building of an incinerator or a waste treatment plant.''
Ian McCann, who lives in Peter Grime Row, said: "We held a public meeting and I categorically stated that we had nothing to do with the BNP or any political party. The BNP is not connected with Huncoat Voice.
"We are putting our arguments forward purely on environmental grounds. It has got nothing to do with any political parties."
Hyndburn MP Greg Pope said: "I have a lot of sympathy with the residents and I am arranging to meet with them to listen to their concerns. What we don't need is this band of extremist fascists who want to divide communities jumping on the bandwagon behind the cloak of respectability. However, I am sure people will be able to see through this ploy."
Huncoat ward councillor Dave Parkins said: "The BNP is just trying to stir up trouble in Huncoat. The people have stuck with us and we are working hard in Huncoat. We have done a lot and there is more to do, but we will fight these plans right up to the hilt."
The leader of Hyndburn Council, Councillor Peter Britcliffe, said: "It is very easy to jump on the bandwagon but we all need to know what the full facts are. There will be a consultation so we will have to wait for that."
But Ross Martin, a spokesman for the BNP Hyndburn Group, which issued the leaflets, said this was just the beginning of a drive in Huncoat.
He said: "We are going to issue 500 leaflets this weekend.
"We have a lot of support in Huncoat and people want something to be done to stop these plans.
"The waste transfer plans are just one issue, there are other issues we want to address."