Fly-tipping making life a misery for pensioners

Harold Bentham with the Fly Tipping area on Astley Road
Harold Bentham with the Fly Tipping area on Astley Road

A Chorley couple have spoken of the two years of misery they have suffered at the hands of serial fly-tippers.

Pensioners Harold and Ellen Bentham are fed up with household waste being dumped in an electric sub-station owned by Electricity North West (ENW).

The sub-station is located next to their bungalow on Astley Road.

Offenders have been dumping rubbish over the walls around the sub-station.

The Benthams, who are both 86 and suffer from a number of health issues, say vermin have been attracted to the area due to the waste products.

The couple’s daughter, who visited from Devon three weeks ago, even resorted to cleaning it up herself.

Harold said: “My daughter had enough so she jumped over the wall and cleaned it up.

“I didn’t want her to, but she insisted that it needed to be done.”

Repeat offenders, who Harold suspects are from the local area, have forced the couple to write to the council, and asked it to install CCTV cameras.

Harold said: “I strongly suspect it’s somebody from the area but I can’t be 100 per cent sure.

“This has been happening for two years now and it seems to coincide with a fortnightly bin collection.

“It needs sorting out quickly, and I think CCTV is needed to help catch the people in the act.”

Chorley Council has no powers to act because the sub-station is privately owned, but it has been in touch with ENW .

Coun Adrian Lowe, who deals with fly-tipping issues for Chorley Council, said: “We are aware there have been some issues with fly tipping here and we’ve reported them on to the electricity company for them to clear up because it’s their land.

“I would urge Mr Bentham to contact the electricity company directly because there are measures they could take to help.

“Also if the company has any evidence of where this fly-tipping is coming from, then we could investigate.”

A spokesperson for ENW said: “We have visited the site and will now try to put measures in to stop this from happening again.

“We take fly-tipping at our sub-stations very seriously .

“As part of our ongoing investment programme, we are committed to ensuring all sub-stations are secure and well maintained, anyone sees fly-tipping at the sub stations, they should call 0800 195 4141.