PLANS to prevent dumpers and so-called "doggers" from getting onto land at Huncoat have been bogged down by a row over ownership.
Lancashire County Council formally agreed in January to provide gates for the King's Highway, after more than a year of pressure from residents living on or near the blighted stretch of road.
The area has been identified as one of the worst in the county for fly-tipping, and has also attracted complaints about "doggers" - people who visit the area to take part in sexual activity in cars, while being watched.
It has also been used as a camping site for groups of travellers with caravans.
Lancashire County Council has spent thousands of pounds cleaning up after the fly-tippers over the years, but its plans to provide gates have hit the buffers after it was discovered that the stretch of road is actually owned by the Highways Agency.
Now County Councillor Jean Battle says the authority has asked lawyers to intervene to ensure the work to install the gates can be carried out.
The gates would have an electronic keypad and registered users, including visitors to the two farmhouses and quarry at the top of the road, would be given a code allowing them to gain access to the area.
County Councillor Jean Battle said: "The King's Highway has been a problem for three years. It has been identified as one of the worst areas in the borough for flytipping.
"Now we have found out it is owned by the Highways Agency, and the issue is with a solicitor at the moment.
"I find it really upsetting and frustrating that we have been unable to resolve this issue."