Fly-tippers ruin popular Bolton beauty spot by dumping rubbish in Bradshaw Brook

The Bolton News: Furniture and other large items left strewn in  Bradshaw Brook Furniture and other large items left strewn in Bradshaw Brook

FLY-TIPPERS have dumped huge amounts of rubbish including a sofa, a cupboard, a washing machine and even asbestos at a Bolton beauty spot.

Visitors to Bradshaw Brook were horrified when they discovered the rubbish and it comes just weeks after hundreds of dead fish were seen in the water.

Volunteers from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust have only recently cleared 42 bags of waste from the site.

And last month Gary Fleming, from Ramsbottom, saw 700 dead fish when he was walking close to Jumbles reservoir.

Alan Wright, Wildlife Trust communications officer, said: “It is heartbreaking to think that all the hard work done by the Friends group, our staff and volunteers has been ruined by someone who cannot be bothered driving to the local tip.

“Surely they must realise that they are ruining Bradshaw Brook and Seven Acres, a beautiful spot for walkers, nature lovers and wildlife?

“It is a real shame but we will continue to clear up their mess to make sure everyone else enjoys this nature reserve.

“As far as the asbestos is concerned, we will have to get specialists in to remove that, which is just more expense.”

Bradshaw Brook connects the Wayoh and Jumbles reservoirs, which are also connected to three other reservoirs, including the Turton and Entwistle reservoir.

The Environment Agency, which is investigating the fish deaths, believes a pollutant has entered the water.

During the last clean-up volunteers removed parts of a motorbike, an Xbox 360 and traffic cones.

The water is home to kingfishers, dippers, grey wagtails and herons.

Bradshaw Hall Fisheries said it had not been directly affected by the problems, as the flytipping and pollutant were not found in its fishing areas.

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7:40am Sat 11 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

can't understand the mentality of some people - if you have taken the trouble to take it to the wrong place to dump, why not take it to the right place? Trouble is, it takes only one person to dump one item and then everybody seems to jump on the bandwagon. There is a community recycling site near where I live - was okay for ages and then all of a sudden it has turned into a grot spot. Yes, I am in the course of dealing with it.
can't understand the mentality of some people - if you have taken the trouble to take it to the wrong place to dump, why not take it to the right place? Trouble is, it takes only one person to dump one item and then everybody seems to jump on the bandwagon. There is a community recycling site near where I live - was okay for ages and then all of a sudden it has turned into a grot spot. Yes, I am in the course of dealing with it. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 25

8:28am Sat 11 Jan 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Why should these fly tippers care? Even if a miracle happened and they were caught their punishment would be less than a parking fine. Clearly our legal system doesn't care so why should they?
Why should these fly tippers care? Even if a miracle happened and they were caught their punishment would be less than a parking fine. Clearly our legal system doesn't care so why should they? Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 12

9:15am Sat 11 Jan 14

The Running Man says...

Why bother taking it to the dump when you can fling it out of your door or throw it into a local river or chuck it at the back of someone's garage? When I raised this issue with Bolton Council I was told that it was a cultural issue and that I was being insensitive! For me there's nothing cultural about being idle or refusing to give a toss, maybe it's an age thing? It's no wonder that our once beautiful town is going down the pan, it's about time that the scum went back to their sewers!
Why bother taking it to the dump when you can fling it out of your door or throw it into a local river or chuck it at the back of someone's garage? When I raised this issue with Bolton Council I was told that it was a cultural issue and that I was being insensitive! For me there's nothing cultural about being idle or refusing to give a toss, maybe it's an age thing? It's no wonder that our once beautiful town is going down the pan, it's about time that the scum went back to their sewers! The Running Man
  • Score: 32

9:39am Sat 11 Jan 14

itsnotthatbad says...

The council should have a look over the bridge by queens Park as shed loads more stuff there all in blue bags too! the gilnow Rd side looks a right mess. we can't blame 1 "culture" tho. some will dump more than others and definitely in this case only 1 persons to blame but rogue cowboy builders do it cash in hand travellers do it. ppl who've got lots of stuff but get questioned by the tip do it. it is a mess tho. and those found to do it should be made to clean it up,
The council should have a look over the bridge by queens Park as shed loads more stuff there all in blue bags too! the gilnow Rd side looks a right mess. we can't blame 1 "culture" tho. some will dump more than others and definitely in this case only 1 persons to blame but rogue cowboy builders do it cash in hand travellers do it. ppl who've got lots of stuff but get questioned by the tip do it. it is a mess tho. and those found to do it should be made to clean it up, itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 19

9:46am Sat 11 Jan 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

"cultural issue"- that's council speak for people who come to our country and don't give us a toss. I've seen some of these new age rag & bone men a a tatty 'P' reg green transit pick up operating in Great Lever, scrap metal, TV's furniture, carpets etc on board, I wondered where they 'disposed' of the unprofitable crap.

TRADING STANDARDS - get off your backsides and check if they have a waste disposal licence or do they think enforcing the law is another 'cultural issue'. Running man is dead right, this town is going down the pan, they'll be using horse drawn trailers next.
"cultural issue"- that's council speak for people who come to our country and don't give us a toss. I've seen some of these new age rag & bone men a a tatty 'P' reg green transit pick up operating in Great Lever, scrap metal, TV's furniture, carpets etc on board, I wondered where they 'disposed' of the unprofitable crap. TRADING STANDARDS - get off your backsides and check if they have a waste disposal licence or do they think enforcing the law is another 'cultural issue'. Running man is dead right, this town is going down the pan, they'll be using horse drawn trailers next. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: 19

10:07am Sat 11 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

The Running Man wrote:
Why bother taking it to the dump when you can fling it out of your door or throw it into a local river or chuck it at the back of someone's garage? When I raised this issue with Bolton Council I was told that it was a cultural issue and that I was being insensitive! For me there's nothing cultural about being idle or refusing to give a toss, maybe it's an age thing? It's no wonder that our once beautiful town is going down the pan, it's about time that the scum went back to their sewers!
Council don't like dealing with cultural issues; don't know why. If you live here you abide by our laws or suffer the consequences. I don't think they can distinguish between cultural issues and the need to re-educate people with the correct way of doing things.
[quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: Why bother taking it to the dump when you can fling it out of your door or throw it into a local river or chuck it at the back of someone's garage? When I raised this issue with Bolton Council I was told that it was a cultural issue and that I was being insensitive! For me there's nothing cultural about being idle or refusing to give a toss, maybe it's an age thing? It's no wonder that our once beautiful town is going down the pan, it's about time that the scum went back to their sewers![/p][/quote]Council don't like dealing with cultural issues; don't know why. If you live here you abide by our laws or suffer the consequences. I don't think they can distinguish between cultural issues and the need to re-educate people with the correct way of doing things. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 16

10:24am Sat 11 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

This was going to happen sooner or later. People have to dump elsewhere now that Halliwell is full up.
This was going to happen sooner or later. People have to dump elsewhere now that Halliwell is full up. thomas222
  • Score: 16

10:27am Sat 11 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
The Running Man wrote: Why bother taking it to the dump when you can fling it out of your door or throw it into a local river or chuck it at the back of someone's garage? When I raised this issue with Bolton Council I was told that it was a cultural issue and that I was being insensitive! For me there's nothing cultural about being idle or refusing to give a toss, maybe it's an age thing? It's no wonder that our once beautiful town is going down the pan, it's about time that the scum went back to their sewers!
Council don't like dealing with cultural issues; don't know why. If you live here you abide by our laws or suffer the consequences. I don't think they can distinguish between cultural issues and the need to re-educate people with the correct way of doing things.
You can take the tiger out of the jungle but you cant take the jungle out of the tiger.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: Why bother taking it to the dump when you can fling it out of your door or throw it into a local river or chuck it at the back of someone's garage? When I raised this issue with Bolton Council I was told that it was a cultural issue and that I was being insensitive! For me there's nothing cultural about being idle or refusing to give a toss, maybe it's an age thing? It's no wonder that our once beautiful town is going down the pan, it's about time that the scum went back to their sewers![/p][/quote]Council don't like dealing with cultural issues; don't know why. If you live here you abide by our laws or suffer the consequences. I don't think they can distinguish between cultural issues and the need to re-educate people with the correct way of doing things.[/p][/quote]You can take the tiger out of the jungle but you cant take the jungle out of the tiger. thomas222
  • Score: 7

12:23pm Sat 11 Jan 14

english n proud says...

700 dead fish!! That's tea sorted for next 6 months!!
700 dead fish!! That's tea sorted for next 6 months!! english n proud
  • Score: -6

1:49pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Iluminati says...

Fly tipping has been disgracefully promoted by the council. Having the bins emptied at a two weeks interval increased the chances of fly tipping, dramatically. To make my point let me say that, having been living in Cyprus for many years, they collect the rubbish twice a week, every week of the year. Fly tipping in Cyprus is virtually none existent. Wonder why???? And let me make another important point, the councillor rates over there, is on average about £150 per year.
Fly tipping has been disgracefully promoted by the council. Having the bins emptied at a two weeks interval increased the chances of fly tipping, dramatically. To make my point let me say that, having been living in Cyprus for many years, they collect the rubbish twice a week, every week of the year. Fly tipping in Cyprus is virtually none existent. Wonder why???? And let me make another important point, the councillor rates over there, is on average about £150 per year. Iluminati
  • Score: 11

3:53pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Barbara44 says...

I have just walked down Nugent Rd and every back st leading off it is full of black bin bags some torn open with rubbish falling out, I think the fortnightley collection has a lot to do with this and the sooner the council realise this and put the collections back to every week the better,
I have just walked down Nugent Rd and every back st leading off it is full of black bin bags some torn open with rubbish falling out, I think the fortnightley collection has a lot to do with this and the sooner the council realise this and put the collections back to every week the better, Barbara44
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Greasy Chip Butty says...

Right time to put up a UKIP/BNP candidate in Bradshaw. It must be them furriners.
Right time to put up a UKIP/BNP candidate in Bradshaw. It must be them furriners. Greasy Chip Butty
  • Score: 4

5:29pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

Greasy Chip Butty wrote:
Right time to put up a UKIP/BNP candidate in Bradshaw. It must be them furriners.
What has a UKIP/BNP candidate got to do with these comments?
Kindly explain.
[quote][p][bold]Greasy Chip Butty[/bold] wrote: Right time to put up a UKIP/BNP candidate in Bradshaw. It must be them furriners.[/p][/quote]What has a UKIP/BNP candidate got to do with these comments? Kindly explain. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: -4

6:19pm Sat 11 Jan 14

morris173 says...

A group of volunteers from the Seven Acres Squad and the Friends of Seven Acres cleared some of the Brook running though the country park last Friday, The rubbish included mattresses, tumble drier, a moped, shopping trolley (goes without saying) and a trampoline as well as many smaller items. This follows a clean up in December when 42 bags of rubbish were collected in 1.5 hrs. The only cultural issue here is the 'Bone Idle' culture of modern society. Lack of money is not to blame just a lack of motivation and this need not be the case as most of the regular volunteers on site are on some kind of benefits. If people do not have the money to pay for waste disposal as they are unemployed, come and join us in keeping our green spaces clean and safe
A group of volunteers from the Seven Acres Squad and the Friends of Seven Acres cleared some of the Brook running though the country park last Friday, The rubbish included mattresses, tumble drier, a moped, shopping trolley (goes without saying) and a trampoline as well as many smaller items. This follows a clean up in December when 42 bags of rubbish were collected in 1.5 hrs. The only cultural issue here is the 'Bone Idle' culture of modern society. Lack of money is not to blame just a lack of motivation and this need not be the case as most of the regular volunteers on site are on some kind of benefits. If people do not have the money to pay for waste disposal as they are unemployed, come and join us in keeping our green spaces clean and safe morris173
  • Score: 12

11:57pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Andyroost says...

This fly tipping is getting worse, why?, because of red tape and cuts, all department should fund themselves, The Bins, all recycling materials should be sold, how much tin is collected by BMBC, Glass, Paper, electrical items, all should be collecting revenue, the incinerated waste is generating power pumped into the national grid, again income for BMBC, back to flytipping, 95% of the fly tipping is done by 'van and man' and although its wrong im sure half would be willing to pay an acceptable amount of around £10 a van load, after all its all recyclable and will bring in revenue, keeps it from being tipped in back streets which the council end up moving at our expense (the Taxpayer).
The Police are useless regarding the tipping issue, My friend was driving along Lostock Lane, when he saw a Transit tipper with the back up in the lane down to the slag heaps near the Bromilow Arm, He reversed, got the reg off the van, drove straight to Middlebrook Police Station, so they could be caught in the act, The police said they don't deal with flytipping but would pass the details to BMBC to take up the matter, spineless. The town is filthy and going to the dogs.
This fly tipping is getting worse, why?, because of red tape and cuts, all department should fund themselves, The Bins, all recycling materials should be sold, how much tin is collected by BMBC, Glass, Paper, electrical items, all should be collecting revenue, the incinerated waste is generating power pumped into the national grid, again income for BMBC, back to flytipping, 95% of the fly tipping is done by 'van and man' and although its wrong im sure half would be willing to pay an acceptable amount of around £10 a van load, after all its all recyclable and will bring in revenue, keeps it from being tipped in back streets which the council end up moving at our expense (the Taxpayer). The Police are useless regarding the tipping issue, My friend was driving along Lostock Lane, when he saw a Transit tipper with the back up in the lane down to the slag heaps near the Bromilow Arm, He reversed, got the reg off the van, drove straight to Middlebrook Police Station, so they could be caught in the act, The police said they don't deal with flytipping but would pass the details to BMBC to take up the matter, spineless. The town is filthy and going to the dogs. Andyroost
  • Score: 6

2:05pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Boff says...

It's time to put the unemployed of Bolton to work. As far as "cultural" is concerned, well, that's an issue that needs addressing and not before time. These "cultural" communities should be punished for the state they leave some suburbs of Bolton. Driving around areas of ethnics soon throws up their uncouth and despicable habits of just throwing everything from furniture to dead animals into the back streets. We have enough "home grown" tramps without the need to import anymore! Education is clearly lacking here and needs addressing now!
It's time to put the unemployed of Bolton to work. As far as "cultural" is concerned, well, that's an issue that needs addressing and not before time. These "cultural" communities should be punished for the state they leave some suburbs of Bolton. Driving around areas of ethnics soon throws up their uncouth and despicable habits of just throwing everything from furniture to dead animals into the back streets. We have enough "home grown" tramps without the need to import anymore! Education is clearly lacking here and needs addressing now! Boff
  • Score: 3

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