Farnworth farm turned into dump by fly-tippers

Farnworth farm turned into dump by fly-tippers

The rubbish dumped at Slack Fold Lane, Farnworth, in farmer Robert Thornley’s field

The rubbish dumped at Slack Fold Lane, Farnworth, in farmer Robert Thornley’s field

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

A FARM has become a makeshift dump for fly-tippers — despite there being two free rubbish tips nearby.

Farmer Robert Thornley faces a mass clear-up at the start of each summer from the grazing field on his Top O’th’ Height farm in Slack Fold Lane, Farnworth.

Now he is calling on Bolton Council to do more to clamp down on people illegally dumping rubbish.

Amongst the rubbish currently in the field next to a lay-by are dozens of bin bags, old doors, a toilet seat, tyres and furniture.

The potential health hazard has been building up since October, when Mr Thornley moved his cattle out of the field for the winter.

He said: “It has been like this for a few years now, but every year it just gets worse.

“It will take us two or three days at the start of the summer to clear all that.

“I can’t understand why people do it — there are two free tips nearby at Raikes Lane and Little Hulton.

“We are not responsible for this waste and the council is not doing enough to stop people dumping it, let alone clear it up afterwards.”

Bolton Council said a fixed penalty notice was issued to a fly-tipper in Slack Fold Lane in the last fortnight following an investigation.

However, a spokesman said the investigation is continuing as more rubbish has been dumped since then.

There are no warning signs or cameras in place on the lay-by to deter potential fly-tippers.

Peel Holdings owns the land which is used by Mr Thornley, which Mr Thornley has farmed for about 60 years..

Mr Thornley’s wife, Marion, said: “I’ve rung the council so many times and they always tell me it will take three to five days to come and look at it.

“I’ve almost caught people before, but they’ve driven off just in time.

“The best one we had was a Chinese takeaway — they dumped a load of menus and we rang them up and they had to come back and shift them.”

A council spokesman said: “The land is privately owned and we will contact the owners and ask them to remove the waste as quickly and safely as possible.

“Where items are fly-tipped on private land it is the responsibility of the land owner to clear up the waste.”

l Fly-tipping incidents should be reported to the council by calling 01204 336632.

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6:23am Sun 6 Apr 14

martynbrooks says...

Bolton labour council are a shower and are incapable of doing anything to help you just have to see the centre of Farnworth to no that
Bolton labour council are a shower and are incapable of doing anything to help you just have to see the centre of Farnworth to no that martynbrooks
  • Score: 18

7:33am Sun 6 Apr 14

By George says...

This is clearly wrong and when the culprits are caught the fine should be harsh enough to deter others this is something the elected members can sort instead of sitting around The Town Hall chatting about each other's policies, we have two Peels here who can sort this Nick Peel get your colleagues to sort a By-Law, Peel Holdings as rich as you are sort some CCTV and Give Your Tennant Farmer a chance
This is clearly wrong and when the culprits are caught the fine should be harsh enough to deter others this is something the elected members can sort instead of sitting around The Town Hall chatting about each other's policies, we have two Peels here who can sort this Nick Peel get your colleagues to sort a By-Law, Peel Holdings as rich as you are sort some CCTV and Give Your Tennant Farmer a chance By George
  • Score: 34

8:11am Sun 6 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

This is what you get when you pay someone off facebook £50 to clear a yard full of junk.
This is what you get when you pay someone off facebook £50 to clear a yard full of junk. atlas123
  • Score: 36

9:22am Sun 6 Apr 14

miroku says...

As Bolton Council have issued a fixed penalty to someone for tipping there, they should now sue this individual for the cost of removing ALL the rubbish from this field. Might make others think twice.
As Bolton Council have issued a fixed penalty to someone for tipping there, they should now sue this individual for the cost of removing ALL the rubbish from this field. Might make others think twice. miroku
  • Score: 41

3:49pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Welcometothedarkside says...

If your going to report on something make sure you you get the facts straight slack fold lane is not in Farnworth, it isn't now, and never was, and never will be.I have seen better reporting on rag mags at collages, very poor!.Now as for the rubbish that has been dumped by the scum its only a matter of time for you, they will find you.
If your going to report on something make sure you you get the facts straight slack fold lane is not in Farnworth, it isn't now, and never was, and never will be.I have seen better reporting on rag mags at collages, very poor!.Now as for the rubbish that has been dumped by the scum its only a matter of time for you, they will find you. Welcometothedarkside
  • Score: -4

4:04pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Reality50 says...

Not defending fly tipping but once bins went from weekly to fortnightly then fly tipping was going to massively increase. Let's have weekly bins collections back please!.
Not defending fly tipping but once bins went from weekly to fortnightly then fly tipping was going to massively increase. Let's have weekly bins collections back please!. Reality50
  • Score: 9

4:43pm Sun 6 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

Bolton Council are a complete and utter waste of space. If there is one outfit not fit for purpose, then Bolton MBC tops the list.

Two years ago I was walking across Slack Fold Lane in the mid afternoon and caught a Transit tipper truck dumping in the exact same place. I photgraphed them, called the 'Feds' and told them there was a crime in full swing. What happened you ask? Well, I received a phone call back from GMP's HQ four days later stating they had attended two days after the event. Some effing use that was and doesn't inspire one to really bother to report the matter.

I won't be reporting anything like that again.

Bolton Council; run by pr1ck5 and professional ones at that!
Bolton Council are a complete and utter waste of space. If there is one outfit not fit for purpose, then Bolton MBC tops the list. Two years ago I was walking across Slack Fold Lane in the mid afternoon and caught a Transit tipper truck dumping in the exact same place. I photgraphed them, called the 'Feds' and told them there was a crime in full swing. What happened you ask? Well, I received a phone call back from GMP's HQ four days later stating they had attended two days after the event. Some effing use that was and doesn't inspire one to really bother to report the matter. I won't be reporting anything like that again. Bolton Council; run by pr1ck5 and professional ones at that! wsw69
  • Score: 16

6:28am Mon 7 Apr 14

the big dog says...

Great effort from The Police and The Council there. Couldn't get the hot soapy water out to wash their hands quickly enough! Bag of ****!
Great effort from The Police and The Council there. Couldn't get the hot soapy water out to wash their hands quickly enough! Bag of ****! the big dog
  • Score: 4

11:47am Fri 18 Apr 14

stantheman133 says...

If a fly tipper is caught he should be heavily fined, not slapped wrists, and made to clear ALL the rubbish that is there. Lets get some deterrents going and make people know about them.
If a fly tipper is caught he should be heavily fined, not slapped wrists, and made to clear ALL the rubbish that is there. Lets get some deterrents going and make people know about them. stantheman133
  • Score: 0

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