More than 50 bags of litter were collected across an area of Bolton where residents have frequently raised issues with fly-tipping.

The litter was collected across just two hours over Sunday by volunteers in the Halliwell area.

This comes amid long running issues that have been reported by people in the area about rubbish, old furniture and electrical appliances being left in public spaces.

Speaking on Sunday, Cllr Kevin Morris, who represents the area on the council, said: “It was a great litter pick session this morning on the park, Boardman Street and the surrounding estate around Newton Walk, Huntingdon Walk and Chesham Avenue.

“We collected 56 bags of litter and rubbish and other fly-tip placed in two areas.

The Bolton News: Litter was collected from across two sitesLitter was collected from across two sites (Image: Public)

“We thank the fantastic volunteers who came out this morning in the pouring rain to keep our ward and community nice and tidy!”

The area has been repeatedly blighted by fly-tipping and rubbish being dumped in recent months and years, while other communities further afield in Bolton have also reported public hygiene issues.

The Bolton News: Volunteers worked hard on SundayVolunteers worked hard on Sunday (Image: Public)

This summer in June sites were cleared, again around Newton Walk, and around Walnut Street, this time by Bolton at Home and council officers.

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The clean ups in June saw old fridges removed from both locations as well as abandoned tyres and various other kinds of rubbish and came very soon after other recent cases of fly-tipping in the same area when another old fridge was found dumped off Brookdale Close last week before being removed.

Earlier that same month, a public meeting held at All Souls off Astley Street in Halliwell including police officers and Cllr Morris with his ward colleagues Cllr Rabiya Jiva and Cllr Safwaan Patel heard fly tipping and public hygiene raised as a key concern by many of the attendees.

At the time, officials told the gathering how in many cases, the council is aware of where fly tipping hotspots are and who the culprits are likely to be.

But they added that ensuring that they pay penalties for behaviour like this depends on intelligence and statements from other people in the area.