Help shop fly-tippers, council tells frustrated Radcliffe residents

FURIOUS residents left frustrated by fly-tippers are being urged to shop the perpetrators to Bury Council in order to solve the problem.

Homeowners whose houses back onto an unadopted road between Schofield Street and William Street in Radcliffe say they have to live with “mountains of rubbish”.

One Schofield Street resident said she has seen kitchen units, carpets, beds, bags of rotting food and most recently a dirty double mattress dumped behind her house.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said it can be so bad people it means people cannot walk down the back street.

She said: “Somebody owns these properties and these people should be forced to clear up.

“Bury Council say they take a strong line on fly-tipping and will prosecute but they don’t seem to be offering any solution and we’re the ones left looking at this wasteland.

“The bottom line is it seems like nothing is being done. I personally pick up as much as I can and put it in empty bins but there is only so much I can do.

“If I don’t do anything it just stays forever and is left to fester. This is driving me crazy.

“It only takes a few selfish people to absolutely ruin our street”

Because the back street is unadopted, the responsibility for removing the waste lies with the owners of properties which have access to the area – not Bury Council.

Many houses on William Street are rental properties and the resident believes this regular turnover of tenants could contribute to the problem.

A spokesman for Bury Council said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on our community, carried out by irresponsible people who simply don’t care about the environment or the people who suffer as a result of their actions.

“In this case, we have not been given details or addresses of the alleged perpetrators, and there is no evidence to suggest where the waste has come from.

“We would urge anyone who witnesses fly-tipping, and knows who is doing it, to report it to the council so that we can investigate it further.”

The spokesman said the general condition of the passageway had been inspected and judged as not serious enough to take enforcement action – which would involve clearing the land and recharging the cost to each of the occupiers.

The spokesman added: “We do suggest that communities get together to arrange a joint clear-up in these circumstances, and sometimes we can provide litter pickers and arrange for bagged waste to be collected. “However, this is not possible with mattresses and builders’ waste.”


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