Fly-tippers dump couches, cardboard boxes and a chair next to homes

Couches, cardboard boxes and a chair are just some of the rubbish that was left dumped next to homes in Runcorn.

Police posted a photo of the mess left by fly-tippers on land on South Road, Weston Point, on January 25.

Following the incident, the force urged residents to report fly-tipping incidents to Halton Borough Council.

The ECHO reported on the full extent of the mess left at the scene when they visited the area.

They found, alongside the hillock of couches, cardboard boxes, a chair and mattresses, a scene of general mess with litter and pieces of wood, piping and other items scattered everywhere.

In November, Halton Council said it was investigating a lorry load of tyres and other waste dumped alongside a trailer on wasteland in Astmoor Industrial Estate, Runcorn, and a “horrifying” patch of tonnes of fly-tipped waste was discovered on a disused road off Picow Farm Road in June last year.

In Widnes, part of the Golden Triangle industrial estate has become a dumping ground for waste prompting fire safety fears for nearby homes.

Halton Council said it is making enquiries to establish who owns the land.

A council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of this incident and are looking into land ownership as we suspect it isn’t council land.

“If it is council land we will make arrangements to have the waste cleared.

Part of the huge pile of waste dumped on land off South Road in Weston Point, Runcorn
Part of the huge pile of waste dumped on land off South Road in Weston Point, Runcorn
(Image: Runcorn Weekly News)

“If not, we will consider the best way to tackle it with the land owner.

“Despite it possibly not being council land we are investigating the matter and would look to support any possible enforcement action.

“We will be speaking to local residents and inspecting the waste to see if we can find any evidence of who may be responsible.”

The Government launched a taskforce dedicated to waste crime in January 2020, but it remains to be seen what impact the Joint Unit for Waste Crime will have in areas such as Halton.

Halton Borough Council has an online form to fill in for anyone wishing to report fly-tipping in the area.

Cheshire Live – Cheshire