WITH VIDEO: Fears of water contamination after tonnes of building waste dumped on Walney coast

originally posted on October 31, 2016


Councillor Anita Husband, the mayor of Barrow and a Labour representative for Walney North, said: “It’s an absolute disgrace. There’s just no excuse.

“It’s not nice for when people walk along here.
“It looks like it’s come from a building site as there’s all this concrete.

“It’s supposed to be screened. If there’s lime in that then it could get into the water. It’s shocking.

The problem was first reported by a local dog walker and has been made the small section of shoreline along Walney Channel very difficult for people to walk along.

‘No respect’

Cllr Des Barlow, who lives on North Scale, said: “The worry is people come and see it and think they can add to that.

“They wouldn’t be doing it in the daylight because people will see.

“There’s no respect.”

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Among the things thrown away in large quantities include pipes and pebble-dash.

Peter Buckley, Barrow Borough Council’s street care officer, said the authority would be doing all it can to find the person or persons responsible.

He said: “We will take it as far as we can and we will take people to court.

“The amount of effort people put into doing things wrong is unbelievable when it’s a lot easier to do it right.”

Anyone with information about the flytipping or knows the people responsible should ring Barrow Borough Council on 01229 876543.

Fly-tipping advice

Household Waste Recycling Centre

A permit scheme for household waste has been in operation at the Barrow site since 2006.

Anybody who drives a van, pickup, flatbed or tow a twin axle trailer (up to 3m long) needs to obtain a free permit in advance of a visit to any HWRC.

Waste Carriers’ Licences

Householders who employ tradespeople to carry out work on their house should check that the waste produced is to be handled in a responsible and legal manner.

When hiring builders, kitchen fitters, window fitters, gardeners, plumbers or anybody who will take waste away from the home, these contractors must have a waste carrier’s licence.

If waste is fly-tipped then not only will the contractor be prosecuted, but the householder can be fined for failing to ensure that the waste was passed to an authorised person.

A homeowner should ask the trader for their waste carrier number and check its validity.

These details can be checked here, by ringing the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 and asking for a ‘waste carrier validation’ check, or by ringing Barrow Borough Council on 01229 876543 and asking a member of the waste management team to check the database.

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