THE owners of a vacant Fleetwood pub say they will look into the rubbish problem which has accumulated there.
Neighbours have complained about the litter and junk outside the Jolly Sailor pub on Radcliffe Road and say it reflects badly on the town.
Wyre Council was made aware of the problem but said it was unable to act because it was on private land.
Land owners Punch Taverns put the pub up for sale earlier this year after it struggled to pay its way, and are currently talking to interested parties.
Since it closed the pub has become a target for fly-tippers and thieves stole a bin, tipping the contents on the ground.
The Punch chain was contacted by the Weekly News and a spokeswoman said: “We will look into this problem.”
The mess outside the Jolly Sailor is just one of several similar problems in the town, which has been named as Wyre’s litter blackspot.
From January to July this year, calls about litter problems in Fleetwood totalled 287 – almost 46 per cent of the total of 625.
And of nine categories of call, ranging from reports of dog fouling to requests for street cleaning, Fleetwood had the most calls in six of them.
Fleetwood street-cleaning requests numbered 177 compared to 60 for second-placed Cleveleys.
The survey was carried out by Coun David Walmsley but he predicts better times ahead for Fleetwood.
A new wheelie bins system will be introduced at the end of this month and next April there will be new refuse contractors and Street Scene responsibilities will be taken back by Wyre instead of the work being done by Fylde Council.
He said: “I am sure a lot of the problems will be solved with the new wheelie bins. “I have done even more analysis in relation to Fleetwood and Monday is the peak day for calls. Obviously, because Fleetwood has plastic sacks when they go out for collection seagulls and dogs rip them open and there is litter blown all over the place.
“But when the new bins are in operation I think Fleetwood will have a much cleaner future.”
The council’s street scene portfolio holder, Coun Peter Murphy, said: “You have to remember that Fleetwood has the highest population in the area so you are bound to get more instances.”
Wyre council has won praise after arranging the clear-up of one Fleetwood fly-tipping blackspot on Jameson Road, which had been blighted by blocks of wood, roofing, door frames and pallets. The council was unable to act because it was on private land.
But agents for the land owners of that site were contacted the mess has since been moved.