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Deepdale resident brands mess at disused railway line an ‘absolute disgrace’

Posted on - 11th July, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, Preston Council, Preston News, Transport
Mess at disused railway lines  Pic: Pam Watt
Mess at disused railway lines Pic: Pam Watt

The issue of fly-tipping on the disused railway lines by the junction of Skeffington Road and Acorn Close in Deepdale has been causing local residents discomfort for months.

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It has led to a rise in complaints, but one resident says they have had no response from the owner of the land.

Pam Watt told Blog Preston that despite complaining to Network Rail about the rat-infested railway lines there has been no reply, and the issue now needs to be sorted out quickly.

She said: “I have on a number of occasions contacted Network Rail, plus Preston Trampower, to ask about the absolute disgrace that it is getting, with fly-tipping and the fact that other general commercial premises are dumping stuff on the railway lines at the back of St Chad’s Road and the opposite side of Skeffington Road.

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Fly tipping on the railway lines at the back of St chads road and the opposite side of Skeffington road has led to a rise in complaints Pic: Pam Watt
Fly-tipping on the railway lines has led to a rise in complaints Pic: Pam Watt

“The garage and car sales place are trying very hard and seem to be putting a lot of money and effort into making it a better site. But no one is taking responsibility for the day-to-day disuse of the absolute mess and rat infested railway lines that are around the properties in this area.”

Lincoln Shields of Preston Trampower, said: “The owner of the land is Network Rail and they’ve not done anything about removing the waste material that has been tipped and neither have Preston City Council who I’ve been writing to, to try and get some action to get it removed but as yet there is no movement on that.”

Preston City Council told Blog Preston there’s not much they can do as they are unable to access the land.

A spokesperson said: “The council is aware of and shares concerns about fly-tipping issues at this location. However, we’re unable to access this land as it is privately owned by Network Rail.

“We’ve contacted Network Rail about this and previous occurrences of fly-tipping and hope that it can be cleared as soon as possible. We’re grateful for the work of community groups in helping us to keep Preston tidy and ask anyone who sees fly-tipping to report it using our website.”

Blog Preston approached Network Rail for comment, but did not receive a response.


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