Blackrod residents' anger as fly-tippers strike after recycling centre closes
FLY-TIPPERS struck just a day after a recycling centre was closed.
The facility in Blackhorse Street, Blackrod, shut on October 13 to make way for a new recycling super-centre in Over Hulton.
The closure by Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) came a week later than expected after delays in the preparation of the Over Hulton site.
Residents and town councillors had expressed their fears that the closure of the Blackhorse Street site would see an increase in fly-tipping.
Mattresses have already been dumped in both Dark Lane and Grimeford Lane.
David Brandwood, who lives in Blackhorse Avenue, said: “The centre we had here was rammed full every day and I said that when it closed there would be fly-tipping — and it happened the very next day.
“This is a direct result of the centre closing and I’m sure it is a sign of things to come.”
Bolton Council is now investigating the fly-tipping reports.
A spokesman said: “We take the issue of fly-tipping in Bolton very seriously and always investigate any waste left to see if we can find out who is responsible.
“We also clean all adopted roads in the borough on a regular schedule.
“The decision to close Blackrod Household Waste Recycling Centre has been made by GMWDA as part of a review of centres across Greater Manchester and a new centre has been opened in Hulton.
“We would advise all residents to use this new centre to dispose of any household waste.”
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