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How fly-tipping is blighting former railway line in Deepdale

Posted on - 26th January, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Deepdale, Preston News
A common sight off Burrow Road Pic: Julie Cartwright/Blog Preston
A common sight off Burrow Road Pic: Julie Cartwright/Blog Preston

A Preston woman has complained about a spate of fly-tipping in Deepdale.

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Julie Cartwright sent pictures to Blog Preston of what she said has become ‘one big waste ground’.

The former railway line off Burrow Road, close to Deepdale Road, has seen black bin liners and lots of other waste dumped.

Julie says she reported the issue to Preston City Council who deal with fly-tipping.

Black bags dumped in Burrow Road Pic: Julie Cartwright/Blog Preston
Black bags dumped in Burrow Road Pic: Julie Cartwright/Blog Preston

But the city council says it is powerless to stop it as the land is owned by Network Rail and a number of private individuals.

Read more: Vehicle seized after fly-tipping at Fishwick Bottoms

A spokeswoman said: “We are aware of this issue and there is no responsibility for Preston City Council to clear the waste from the land.

“Some of the land referred to is privately owned and the other part is the embankment of the disused railway, which runs parallel to Burrow Road. That land is owned by Network Rail and its rules prevent us from accessing.

“All instances of fly tipping on Network Rail land are investigated by British Transport Police.

“We can provide assistance with any fly tipping enquiries, but this request has to come from British Transport Police.”

How do I report fly tipping in Preston?

Preston City Council is responsible for monitoring and collecting items which have been dumped illegally.

You can report fly tipping by calling 01772906909 or using an online form to report it.

You can also use the website fixmystreet – which shows all reports in the area.

Read more: Illegal back street tip in Preston is shut down

Staying safe

never touch the waste: fly tipped waste can be dangerous – it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances

never disturb the site – there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution

never approach anyone you see fly tipping – they could become violent

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