Petition calls on Lancashire County Council to scrap tip charges

A petition has been set up calling on Lancashire County Council to scrap its charges for dumping extra building waste and garden rubble.

Monday, 21st August 2017, 4:11 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:37 pm
Ingol Community Association Joint Chairman Gordon Wang

The petition, which has 51 signatures and was launched by Hyndburn’s Labour MP Graham Jones, has the backing of Ingol Community Association .

It says the changes would cut fly-tipping and is encouraging local residents to sign an e-petition on the council’s website entitled Scrap Household Tip Charges.

The council currently asks residents to apply for a permit to scrap 10 600 mm X 900 mm bags or individual items of ‘inert waste’ after which they are charged £3.50 per bag or item.

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The petition urges the council to abolish limits and ‘scrap the permit system.’

Gordon Wang, joint chairman of the Ingol Community Association said: “It’s encouraging fly tipping...it’s just ridiculous.

“People have things done to their house, it’s just normal household waste basically - why do you have to pay?”

Locally there has been a particular problem with fly-tipping on Cottam Lane and now the association is moving to prevent vehicles accessing the local bridleway.

Fellow joint chairman Bill McGrath said £9,500 of association funds had been allocated to install a new drop barrier and three security cameras.

Council deputy leader Coun Albert Atkinson said:“We are not aware of any evidence that there has been an increase in the overall amount of fly-tipping since the policy was introduced.”

The petition is open until September 12.