Dumped waste that is being linked to a fly infestation in Oswaldtwistle is set to be gone within weeks.
Around half the waste has been cleared in the first week, according to residents. They have been plagued by flies in their homes for several weeks leading to an investigation by the Environment Agency (EA) into the dumping of the waste on the site at Nook Lane, which is owned by Lockgate Mount Ltd and AMICS Property Ltd.
Blakeley’s Waste Management began the task of removing 4,000 bales last Wednesday, August 1.
A Blakeley’s spokesman said contractors were working quickly to remove the bales.
She added: "We are working as hard as we can to clear the site and would expect full clearance to take approximately four weeks from start to finish.
"The clearance operation is subject to certain factors that are out of our control such as the availability of vehicles and access to landfill, but we are doing all we can and would like to thank local residents for their patience." The EA, which is monitoring waste removal, says flies are believed to be breeding on land nearby and they have become a renewed pest following recent warmer weather.
Brian Stoddard, who lives on Victoria Street with his son Dean who suffers from Down’s Syndrome, said the flies have returned.
"They are accumulating in the kitchen and the front room of my home," he added.
Margaret Bentley, 68, said the flies are still pestering her at her home in Lime Street.
She said: "They came back with the warmer weather. It got a little better but they are bothering us again."
Oswaldtwistle councillor Peter Britcliffe visited the site on Monday, August 6 and said he was told the waste would be gone within in a fortnight.
He said: "When I visited the site, the first of the three rows was just about gone. While I was up there it seemed like there were fewer flies so it is improving which will be a relief to people."
Fire crews and police are continuing to investigate a suspected arson following a blaze at the site last Thursday, August 2. Blakeley’s was able to resume moving the bales from the site following the fire.
Blakely’s and Lockgate/AMCIS have both claimed they are in legal dispute with each other.
Blakeley’s has claimed it was told by AMCIS Property Ltd that the relevant permits, licences and permission for storage of materials had been granted. They say the waste could have been left by any commercial operator.
Lockgate Mount Ltd and AMCIS Property Ltd claimed they were approached by Blakeley’s to store bales of plastic and cardboard on the site.
Steve Molyneux, environment manager for Lancashire, said the EA is continuing its investigation into why the waste was left.
FIGURES published this week by United Utilities show that Hyndburn is exposed to 1,248 incidents of fly-tipping a year.