FLY-TIPPING on the site of a former church has been described as "sacrilege" by residents, who have demanded the church takes action to do something with the land.
Tyres and other rubbish have been dumped on the ground where Sacred Heart Church used to stand on Blackburn Road, Accrington.
The church building was closed in June 2003 and later demolished, following a review of all the Catholic churches in the town by the Diocese of Salford.
Joan Pilkington, secretary of the West Accrington Residents' Association, said: "The church was a real hub of the community and it really hurts people to see the site in this state.
"There are people who came to this church for 80 years and now they have to see the land so derelict. I'm not a Catholic but even I see it as sacrilege. It's really upsetting.
"The church building was stunning, it was a real gem in the area, and people who have houses around it now have to look at a dump.
"It's completely irresponsible of people to dump tyres here. The residents have had enough and we want to see something done about, because it's just such a shame for the site to be reduced to this."
Bernard Sullivan, who founded the residents'group a decade ago, added: "We wanted sheltered accommodation around here originally but that plan fell through.
"There are still a lot of people around here who have an interest in seeing something done with this site. It was a beautiful church and it was a really big hub for the community. There are a lot of older people around here and it was really important to them too. They want to see something appropriate here."
A spokesman for the Salford Diocese said: "There is no intention for the land to be permanently empty but previous plans have been put off because of the need to fit in with plans for the wider area."