A city councillor has blasted residents for turning a disused rail line behind their homes into a blot on the landscape.
Coun Terry Cartwright says household rubbish regularly tossed over garden walls on to the old Longridge line in Deepdale, Preston has made the embankment an “eyesore.”
Now he is calling on landlords with properties on Burrow Road to “have a word” with tenants about illegal fly-tipping.
“It’s not just recently, this has been going on for 10 years or more,” said Coun Cartwright who represents the Deepdale Ward on Preston Council. “I often walk past there and it is a real eyesore. It may only be a small number of residents who are doing it, but they are making a right mess of the place.”
The track, which closed to trains in 1967, forms part of the route of a new tramway scheme which developers wants to build to link Deepdale with the city centre.
Coun Cartwright says Network Rail, who own the disused track, have made repeated attempts to clear up the rubbish - the most recent a blitz on the site by volunteers in May last year. But the steep embankment makes it difficult for workmen to reach the worst of the litter.
It’s not just recently, this has been going on for 10 years or more,Coun Terry Cartwright
“To be fair Network Rail do their best,” he said. “But they haven’t been able to get to some of it because the banking is so severe and they would need a crane to reach it. Some residents have been complaining about this for some time and they raised it again at the PACT meeting last month.
“Clearly something needs doing - those who are throwing their rubbish over the back need to stop it.”
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are aware of dumped rubbish and litter in this area, but its location on a steep gradient makes it much more difficult to safely remove.
“Network Rail has repeatedly removed flytipped waste from the disused railway line – including working with the local authority to provide volunteers who carried out extra work to help improve the local area.
“Fly-tipping and littering are anti-social acts which make areas unpleasant for people and wildlife. Whenever possible, we will prosecute those who fly-tip and urge everyone to dispose of their rubbish in the correct and responsible way.”