This was the scene off Altcar Lane a few days ago:-
If I have read the situation here correctly these tyres have been taken out of the drainage ditch that runs alongside Altcar Lane during maintenance of the ditch.
Used tyres seem to be dumped in ditches all over Sefton Borough and indeed all over everywhere. I’m guessing that’s to avoid the cost of them being disposed of properly. Surely there has to be a process devised so that the fly-tippers can be traced as you would be hard pressed to find a roadside ditch without tyres in it these days.
The clearance of tree cover around Junction 1 of the M58, prior to it being made into a full junction, is complete and it’s changed the landscape completely:-
Looking towards Poppy Fields
Trees to sawdust:-)
Giddygate Lane entrance and of course the fly tippers have visited too
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I have posted about this problem many times in the past.
To say that the villagers in Lunt must have had a gut full of the illegal activities of fly-tippers around their community must be putting it politely. This isolated Sefton Borough Community has been a rubbish dumping ground for far too long – tyres, asbestos, white goods, furniture, builders rubble, remnants of pot-farms you name it, it’s been dumped there,
It’s been going on and indeed getting worse for many years now. I recall that in my time as a Sefton Councillor for the ward that covered Lunt Village I was constantly on at Sefton Council to remove fly-tipped rubbish and to do some covert surveillance to catch the culprits. Sadly, whilst they did usually clear the rubbish away the Council were steadfast in their refusal to engage in covert surveillance.
But there has been a long, long promise from Sefton Borough Council to gate the lanes around the village to stop vehicular access and it’s finally starting to happen. This gate has very recently gone in on Longdale Lane:-
But the other lane (Back Lane) which also provides access to where the dumping goes on is still without a gate, although it looks like work to put a gate there is ongoing. The photo below was taken on Sunday 8th October:-
Let’s hope the work is completed soon so that some measure of control over illegal fly-tipping is put in place.
A nice lane to cycle is Outlet Lane which turns off Prescot Road by Carla Lane Animals in Need. Starting off in the Civil Parish of Melling it soon leaves Sefton Borough and goes into West Lancs Borough and the Civil Parish of Simonswood.
It’s a single track road so you have to watch out for farm vehicles but sadly you can also watch out for the consequences of those in our society who care nothing for the environment – the fly-tippers.
And you know much of what I saw dumped in ditches alongside the road could easily be disposed of at a waste disposal site, for goodness sake there’s such a site within a couple of miles at Sefton Meadows! So why go out to a country lane to dump when you can do so without any issues at a local recycling centre?
Yes I now some of the dumping is old tyres, asbestos, builders rubble etc. from companies and contractors who are deliberately trying to evade the legal processes to safely dispose of such waste and that this is becoming a national scandal.
Here in Outlet Lane Simonswood Parish Council are trying to do their bit to stop the fly-tipping:-
But surely this lane could easily be protected from the activities of the anti-social element of our society and indeed we could have the pleasure of catching them too! All that is needed would be a couple of covert surveillance cameras at each end of the lane. Why can’t West Lancs and Sefton Borough Councils do this?
I cycled through Lunt and its back lanes the other day and this is the sight that met me.
Sadly this is very far from being a new problem and the poor old residents of Lunt Village have had to put up with such illegal activities for many years. Of course Sefton Council is a victim too, as are local land owners, who have to keep clearing it all up.
A fellow cyclist was also passing through and he suggested what needs to be done to fly-tippers when they are caught. Of course as a Liberal I do not believe in executing people.
Seriously, councils and the Environment Agency really do have to get to grip with this ever expanding problem that is both blighting countryside and urban areas. Continuing to do what has always been done is clearly not working at all.
I have always admired the modern gateway arch to a part of this community known as Bootle Village which was erected at the turn of the last century, indeed I assume it was a year 2000 centenary project.
Constructed in metal it is pleasing on the eye and can’t be missed if you are on Stanley Road between the Leeds Liverpool Canal Bridge and Bootle Library.
Sadly and literally only a few yards away to left of this shot is the view below:-
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You can see pretty much the same buildings/house in the background of both shots. This second photo shows the build up of dumped rubbish on the embankment of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, which celebrates it’s Bicentenary later this year. This is on the opposite side to the tow path.
I suspect that the area is not easily accessed to clear up the junk but never the less it looks appalling and especially so close to the rather nice gateway arch.
Either the Canal and River Trust and/or Sefton Council need to take some action to clear this long-standing mess up as it does Bootle Town Centre no favours at all and the removal of the rubbish would contribute towards the Bicentenary celebrations in June 2016.
Here’s hoping the powers that be are onto this environmental black spot.
The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-