VIDEO: Fly-tippers pull up in cars and chuck junk

Morecambe’s motto says that beauty surrounds and health abounds.

But clearly nobody thought to tell fly-tippers who have dumped a shopping trolley, an old TV set and countless empty beer cans, bottles and waste paper just yards from homes on Schola Green Lane.

Rubbish dumped by the railway line off Schola Green Lane.

Rubbish dumped by the railway line off Schola Green Lane.

The area between the railway line and cycle track, as well as the nearby dyke, have become a dumping ground for rubbish.

Furious residents are worried about rats and have lashed out at the growing litter problem in our district as research reveals 21% of UK adults admit to having fly-tipped.

John English, who lives on Schola Green Lane, said: “We’re getting cars pulling up and chucking stuff out. It’s disgusting. I don’t even know why the dyke is still here. Anywhere else, it would be filled in.”

Joe Hornby emailed The Visitor to say the problem is district-wide. He said: “I have never seen so much litter. The drive from Garstang up the A6 through to Morecambe was an absolute disgrace, all down the sides of the roads. In the bushes, litter everywhere, utterly shameful.”

Furious residents are worried about rats and have lashed out at the growing litter problem in our district as research reveals 21% of UK adults admit to having fly-tipped

A spokesman for Lancaster City Council said: “The railway line is the responsibility of Network Rail line and they have been informed that their land is in dire need of rubbish removal.

“With regard to the other land, we will organise a litter pick within the next two weeks.”

Morecambe Town Council has also organised litter picks with local school children and adult volunteers. Abigail Fawcett, assistant to the town clerk, said: “We will be starting litter picks again soon and we will be asking councillors to highlight ‘grot spots’.”

The maximum fine for fly tipping is £50,000 in a magistrates court, unlimited in the higher courts and up to five years’ imprisonment. Report fly-tipping on 01524 582491.