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Oswaldtwistle flies plague: Tippers may be facing action

12:30pm Tuesday 21st August 2012 in News Photograph of the Author By Jessica Cree, Ribble Valley reporter

THE Environment Agency is to look into enforcement action after clearing 4,000 bales of illegally tipped waste caused a ‘plague of flies’ in Oswaldtwistle.

The organisation has been working with Hyndburn Council, Lancashire County Council, Blakeley’s Waste Management and the land-owners to make sure all of the rubbish and accompanying flies have been removed.

An investigation has now been launched into how the waste came to be on the NIPA Laboratories site, in Nook Lane.

Steve Molyneux, environment manager for the Environment Agency in Lancashire, said: “We are satisfied that works to remove the waste at Nook Lane have been completed.

“We are confident that all the bales that have been removed contain only household, commercial waste.

“This is a complex investigation, consequently, we have a team of officers working on this as a priority.

“Once we understand the full picture, we will look at what enforcement action is appropriate for us to take against those involved.

“For legal reasons we cannot give more details out at this stage. However, once we have concluded our investigations and know what our enforcement action will be, we will update the local community.

“Chairman of the Oswaldtwistle Area council, Coun Peter Britcliffe said residents in the town still have a lot of unanswered questions about the recent nightmare.

He said: “We still have a lot of questions that need answering and as the chairman of the local area council I am inviting representatives from the Environment Agency, County Council and Hyndburn Council’s Environmental department to come along to our next meeting on November 7 at the Civic theatre in Oswaldtwistle and address these questions.

“Although it is great that the rubbish and flies have been removed we want to know how this was able to happen in the first place.”

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2:10pm Tue 21 Aug 12

jogalot says…

Well done to the person or persons who got the rubbish cleared. I hope you can now take appropriate enforcement action.
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The owners are the problem, from my perspective as someone who jogs around this area now and then. The site was completely open to anyone walking in and even driving in for many periods. I very rarely saw security at the place. It was an invitation to vandals, arsonists, thieves, travellers, fly tippers and tippers of flies. OK, those people should know better but that is what some people do so the owners are guilty of encouraging it, imho. AFAIK, there are all kinds of chemicals and nasty things stored under the concrete slabs, many with access through gaps and vents to them. The open access was very irresponsible of the owners because children who don’t know better would find this a great adventure. The two buildings and garages burned down were probably great fun for children (but I have no idea who burned them down, if it was children or not).
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This is a dangerous site surrounded by a lovely nature reserve. I think the enforcement action should definitely include the owners making it totally safe, if possible. If that is not possible there should be 24 hour security and proper warning signs, fencing, gates etc.
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I hope the fluorescent testing was successful in finding where there are chemical leaks. The smell of disinfectant or bleach was strong at the nearby lodge as well as Lottice brook recently, so something is seeping out somewhere. There are only a few ducks this year, there were hundreds last year.

4:25pm Tue 21 Aug 12

trout fisher says…

there is an old mine shaft on that land that was used for many many years by cockers to dispose of chemicals that were to dangerous to be sent off site.i know i worked there

11:53am Wed 22 Aug 12

joobyboo says…

jogalot wrote:
Well done to the person or persons who got the rubbish cleared. I hope you can now take appropriate enforcement action.
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The owners are the problem, from my perspective as someone who jogs around this area now and then. The site was completely open to anyone walking in and even driving in for many periods. I very rarely saw security at the place. It was an invitation to vandals, arsonists, thieves, travellers, fly tippers and tippers of flies. OK, those people should know better but that is what some people do so the owners are guilty of encouraging it, imho. AFAIK, there are all kinds of chemicals and nasty things stored under the concrete slabs, many with access through gaps and vents to them. The open access was very irresponsible of the owners because children who don’t know better would find this a great adventure. The two buildings and garages burned down were probably great fun for children (but I have no idea who burned them down, if it was children or not).
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This is a dangerous site surrounded by a lovely nature reserve. I think the enforcement action should definitely include the owners making it totally safe, if possible. If that is not possible there should be 24 hour security and proper warning signs, fencing, gates etc.
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I hope the fluorescent testing was successful in finding where there are chemical leaks. The smell of disinfectant or bleach was strong at the nearby lodge as well as Lottice brook recently, so something is seeping out somewhere. There are only a few ducks this year, there were hundreds last year.

This site need to be sealed off properly and the sooner the better! Local council and EA say they are working with the owner to get this done…..IT NEEDS DOING NOW! ….before there is a serious accident, kids are off school and when i was up there last night 3 kids were hanging around the site not on it but just outside the gates. There are no danger/warning signs and NO SECURITY on site, its disgusting!
If you take a look on facebook page “ossy flies meeting group” you will see just what DANGER there is up there…..
Action needs to be taken now!

12:55pm Wed 22 Aug 12

mrscharitysweet says…

As the firemen rightly stated they would not allow their men to risk their lives near what was one black pit and is now apparently two very large completely open brown pits… all thanks n praise should go to june smith and the oswaldtwistle community – see ossie flies meeting group site on facebook please – not those that only showed up for media photo opportunities(you know who you are) – for forcing the removal of the known organic waste from Wigan that brought the flies with it. It is most relevant that this site remains a very dangerous open air chemically contaminated toxic site. When the EA gave the green light to dig up what had been buried, residents of the community have reported the smell of strong chemicals from this site …. not a security guard or a warning sign is posted on site – negligent and disgraceful behavior on the part of those receiving wages to protect the environment and the community including the children and the future generations. My question is…. why have no soil samples been taken from on site in in its present completely upturned disgraceful state? What made made my lips burn when I went onto that site? Why does the water obviously leaking into local estuaries and the water table look so orange and smell so awful? Was the rubbish tested for contamination before exiting Ossie and does the knew council have a license to store/dispose of said now chemically contaminated rubbish These are very reasonable questions that must be answered immediately…
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