Fly tipping shuts industrial estate

Published:  23 September, 2011

BOLTON: Fly tippers on Firwood Industrial Estate dumped a 20-tonne load of waste on Monday night, leaving only enough room for only cars to squeeze past.

Maureen Atkinson, who works for timber merchant AJR Elsworth, discovered the rubbish when staff arrived for work at 7.30am, the Bolton News reports.

Atkinson believes a commercial operator, not wanting to pay the fees to dispose of the waste legally, tipped the waste.

"We have 40-tonne artic lorries due today. They won't be able to get past. It is out of order," she said.

John Parsisson, manager of Huws Gray builders' merchants on the industrial estate, believes the tippers must have been using a large, specialist waste lorry as the waste was compacted and dumped in a large cube shaped pile.

"We have had fly tipping down here on numerous occasions before but only by people using small vans, but a large truck has done this," he said.

A council spokesman said staff went to the scene as quickly as possible after being alerted yesterday morning. He said "This is a very serious and dangerous case of fly tipping which enforcement officers are now investigating.

"Due to the size and scale of the mound, we have had to deploy specialist removal equipment and cordoned off the area."

Anyone with information should call the council on 01204 336930.

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