COUNCILLORS say they are 'appalled' after a pile of rubbish was dumped near a Bolton park.

The waste was discovered near the Blenheim Road and Bury Road entrance to Leverhulme Park on Monday morning.

Breightmet councillor Adele Warren, the executive cabinet member for environmental services delivery at Bolton Council, reported the waste to the local authority and it was swiftly removed.

She said: “It is just disgusting. No-one should have to be faced with a sight like this when they’re in their local park. It has been thoughtlessly dumped in a park, damaging the environment and also dangerous to the public.

“Our staff work hard to maintain our green spaces and idiots then go and dump rubbish like this – there’s just no excuse.”

Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for environmental services regulation, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, also condemned the act, saying: “Flytipping is an appalling crime, wherever it takes place but to dump waste like this in a public park is just abhorrent. We take flytipping very seriously and anyone caught will be fined and could face further court action.

"We would also appeal to residents to always check whether tradespeople have a waste transfer licence. Do not use a contractor that won’t show you a licence or provide you with a waste transfer note. You can also be prosecuted and fined if someone else illegally disposes your waste on your behalf.”