Bonfire Night fire fears for flytipped waste

Councillor Mike Otter is worried that rubbish left in alleyways could be set on fire in the run up to Bonfire Night
Councillor Mike Otter is worried that rubbish left in alleyways could be set on fire in the run up to Bonfire Night
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Residents in Farington are being urged to dispose of their bulky waste properly – before it becomes part of a bonfire.

Concerns have been raised about large items, such as mattresses, tables and chairs, being flytipped in unadopted back streets.

They are regularly being dumped late at night and it is a particular problem around the Mill Street and School Street areas.

There are fears the flytipped waste could be set alight in the approach to Bonfire Night and the fire could easily get out of control.

Sue Whittam, clerk to Farington Parish Council, said: “There are quite a few unadopted back streets in the Farington area and people tend to dump waste there.

“It becomes a health hazard and can be another hazard as it comes up to Bonfire Night.”

Farington Parish Council and South Ribble Borough Council are now joining forces to help tackle the problem.

They are holding a Skip It day for residents to dispose of their waste in a safe way.

There will be a skip on the car park at Leyland And Farington Social Club, in Derby Street, from 9am to noon on Saturday, November 2.

Firefighters will be there to talk to people about the dangers of bonfires, provide fire safety advice and show people around their fire engine.

They are also visiting schools to encourage pupils to stay safe around Bonfire Night.

South Ribble Council regularly holds Skip It days in various locations to tackle particular problems.

It is thought to be the first time it has been held in Farington.

Coun Mike Otter, a member of the parish, borough and county councils, said: “We have a lot of unadopted back roads in Farington and we do whatever possible to encourage residents to keep them tidy. I think it’s a general concern. If this waste is lying around, it can be ready material for anyone to pick it up. The backs are open to anyone to walk up and down.”

To report flytipping, go to www.southribble.gov.uk.