Fly-tippers are turning an alley in Fleetwood into a regular tip.
This was the scene in the ginnel between Hazeldene Road and Lingfield Road last week.
I think around half of the stuff is dumped by residents who live on these two streets, and the rest is left by people who have heard about it as a place to fly-tip
Items dumped along the length of the alley included old bedclothes, a carpet, a broken wooden ornamental well, a discarded cat carrier, a damaged rabbit hutch and rotting fencing.
Some of the residents whose houses back on to the passage are fed up and fear some of the dumped items will become a magnet for vermin.
Residents contacted the Weekly News to highlight the problem but did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals.
One woman said: “Sometimes it is even worse than this.
“I think around half of the stuff is dumped by residents who live on these two streets, and the rest is left by people who have heard about it as a place to fly-tip.
“It’s disgraceful and when you get things like mattresses and old sofas, they attract mice. What is annoying is that these people can afford to buy a new lounge suite but they don’t want to pay Wyre Council the £18 to remove their old one.”
Another resident added: “To be fair to Wyre Council, they remove these things as quickly as they can, but the problem is that the next week something else has been dumped.
“If the owners can be traced they should throw the book at them. It’s a fly-tipping black spot and if the council put cameras down there it would probably cost less than having to clean it up every other week.”
A Wyre Council spokeswoman said: “We do our best to deal with fly tipping and do take offenders to court if we can get evidence against them.
“The public can be invaluable in this – noting down registrations or taking pictures of vehicles if they see anything suspicious and reporting incidents immediately via a simple online form.
“One of the best ways that residents can help reduce fly-tipping is to put the rogue traders out of business. Be extra cautious when using a man with a van to remove rubbish and always refuse unsolicited offers. Anyone who wants to provide this service must have an official waste carriers licence. If your rubbish is later dumped and it can be traced back to your address, the law states that you could be held liable.”
Wyre Council is currently offering a bulky waste removal service deal to reduce costs on four items.