Burnley residents’ fury at filthy back yards

Gordon Birtwistle MP  and local resident Brian Tomlinson show fly tipping in a yard

Gordon Birtwistle MP and local resident Brian Tomlinson show fly tipping in a yard

First published in News by , Reporter

BURNLEY’S MP has slammed ward councillors for not ensuring rotting food and dirty nappies dumped in back yards are cleared after residents complained to him about the issue.

People living in the Bank Hall area said they had repeatedly reported the rubbish-strewn back yards of empty houses causing a stench and attracting rats, but have suffered the mess for two months without the council doing anything about it.

After being contacted by the Lancashire Telegraph, ward councillor John Fifield has pledged to ensure the council’s street cleansing team clears the area of the blight.

Brian Tomlinson, 68, of Cobden Street, said the council made empty promises, councillors did not answer their phones and the residents were left feeling ‘completely fobbed off’.

He said: “It’s smelly and horrible and sometimes it will be left for months. It stinks and attracts vermin. We complained two months ago and have kept complaining and nothing’s been done about it.

“When we call the council, they either don’t answer, or when they do answer, they say they’ll get it cleared and they don’t. The ward councillors are utterly useless. They just don’t answer their phones.

”We’ve had to call the MP about it, which we know isn’t his job, because we think it’s the only way we can get something done about it.”

Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “I was asked to go to Ribblesdale Street in Bank Hall early last week by some residents are extremely concerned about the rubbish, which is causing a real stench and makes the place look a complete mess.

“It’s not fair on these residents. The Labour ward councillors need to get something done about this and we’re applying pressure for them to do so.”

Bank Hall ward Coun John Fifield said: “Myself and other ward councillors do six-weekly checks of the area. I’ve not received any complaints from local residents and advise them to call me with any issues."

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3:12pm Thu 7 Aug 14

andy1 says...

Wrong Mr Thomlinson Mr Bertwhistle is also a Councillor and has a Councillor also indulges to help other residents of the town if approached. It appears some one is telling porkie pies here. Bank Hall ward Coun John Fifield said: “Myself and other ward councillors do six-weekly checks of the area. I’ve not received any complaints from local residents and advise them to call me with any issues.

Who is telling the truth I wonder. I doubt Mr B who is on the election path not that it will help him after the complete utter chaos he has cost the town and the lying he did to get elected. You only have to look through his Parliamentary leaflets which became dribble.
Wrong Mr Thomlinson Mr Bertwhistle is also a Councillor and has a Councillor also indulges to help other residents of the town if approached. It appears some one is telling porkie pies here. Bank Hall ward Coun John Fifield said: “Myself and other ward councillors do six-weekly checks of the area. I’ve not received any complaints from local residents and advise them to call me with any issues. Who is telling the truth I wonder. I doubt Mr B who is on the election path not that it will help him after the complete utter chaos he has cost the town and the lying he did to get elected. You only have to look through his Parliamentary leaflets which became dribble. andy1
  • Score: 6

3:45pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Interocitor says...

Is this the same Mr Brian Tomlinson who stood as a Lib Dem candidate for Bank Hall in May 2014?
Is this the same Mr Brian Tomlinson who stood as a Lib Dem candidate for Bank Hall in May 2014? Interocitor
  • Score: 9

5:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

bparky says...

It is another load of rubbish from an ex labour wannabee who was not fit to be a labour councillor who a couple of years ago was slagging our useless mp and rightly so,it is another attempt to promote birtwistle afterhe has voted for the bedroom tax,vat,tuition fees,money to be taken off the council budjet,zero hours contracts,the gagging order,welfare cuts plus many to and he says he is working for his constituents what a load of rubbish.
It is another load of rubbish from an ex labour wannabee who was not fit to be a labour councillor who a couple of years ago was slagging our useless mp and rightly so,it is another attempt to promote birtwistle afterhe has voted for the bedroom tax,vat,tuition fees,money to be taken off the council budjet,zero hours contracts,the gagging order,welfare cuts plus many to and he says he is working for his constituents what a load of rubbish. bparky
  • Score: 1

5:18pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Truth will out says...

Very easy to resolve. Let's have dates/times the calls were made. Presumably if the councillor was out he/she will have a voicemail.

I find it hard to believe a councillor would deliberately ignore a request like this from a constituent.
I find it very easy to believe that the Council would miss actually physically doing something about it.
I find it disappointing that the MP has jumped to a conclusion that he can't validate. Many people don't know their councillors but do know their MP and he is more contactable.
Very easy to resolve. Let's have dates/times the calls were made. Presumably if the councillor was out he/she will have a voicemail. I find it hard to believe a councillor would deliberately ignore a request like this from a constituent. I find it very easy to believe that the Council would miss actually physically doing something about it. I find it disappointing that the MP has jumped to a conclusion that he can't validate. Many people don't know their councillors but do know their MP and he is more contactable. Truth will out
  • Score: 6

7:37pm Thu 7 Aug 14

sophiered says...

the people that live there enjoy living with rubbish every where as soon as the road sweeper has been down a day later it is the same as before ,bank hall,stoneyholme,dan
eshouse areas all look like the local tip
the people that live there enjoy living with rubbish every where as soon as the road sweeper has been down a day later it is the same as before ,bank hall,stoneyholme,dan eshouse areas all look like the local tip sophiered
  • Score: 5

10:40pm Thu 7 Aug 14

slants says...

What a surprise i sent cooper the labour council leader and a bank hall councillor 5 emails about rubbish not one was answered ; i also sent all of the bankhall councillors 4/5/6 emails about rubbish most came back not available this email box is full please try later.It took one email to .Birtie to get a reply and get some action
What a surprise i sent cooper the labour council leader and a bank hall councillor 5 emails about rubbish not one was answered ; i also sent all of the bankhall councillors 4/5/6 emails about rubbish most came back not available this email box is full please try later.It took one email to .Birtie to get a reply and get some action slants
  • Score: -2

9:08am Fri 8 Aug 14

zabby says...

This is what happens when so many unemployed dossers live in one area it just creates a slum
This is what happens when so many unemployed dossers live in one area it just creates a slum zabby
  • Score: 1

2:32pm Fri 8 Aug 14

DaveBurnley says...

If the houses are empty then how does the rubbish get there? Does no one see the phantom fly tippers?
If the houses are empty then how does the rubbish get there? Does no one see the phantom fly tippers? DaveBurnley
  • Score: 5

3:27pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Trinitylad says...

So once again Mr Tomlinson complains to his councillor, is he actually complaining or trying to score points. Try ringing Street Scene they . Bet the backyards round Mr Birtwistles house are clean. If they do get cleaned what's Mr Tomlinson going to complain about then ??? Kids, ASB, local cops oh yes he's done all that !!!!
So once again Mr Tomlinson complains to his councillor, is he actually complaining or trying to score points. Try ringing Street Scene they . Bet the backyards round Mr Birtwistles house are clean. If they do get cleaned what's Mr Tomlinson going to complain about then ??? Kids, ASB, local cops oh yes he's done all that !!!! Trinitylad
  • Score: 6

3:30pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Trinitylad says...

Good promotional picture for the MP, as for Mr Tomlinson does he do anything but complain ??? Just asking !! Least this time it's the council and not the kids, cops and shops, oh woe is me !!!
Good promotional picture for the MP, as for Mr Tomlinson does he do anything but complain ??? Just asking !! Least this time it's the council and not the kids, cops and shops, oh woe is me !!! Trinitylad
  • Score: 8

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