Massive clean-up tackles flytipping problems
Aug 5 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A STAGGERING amount of rubbish was cleared from a Huddersfield hillside.
Expert contractors were brought in to clean up Kilner Bank as part of a huge regeneration project.
And they collected more than 2.6 tonnes of illegally-dumped household rubbish.
The rubbish had been dumped by fly-tippers who have blighted the land for many years.
The area, which follows the wooded ridge above the Galpharm Stadium, is currently being improved with the restoration of footpaths and the creation of a nature reserve.
The clean-up follows the closure of the road to through traffic.
Council officials hope the closure of the road, which was blocked near its centre a few years ago, has eased the perennial problem of fly-tipping.
Kilner Bank Road has spectacular views over the town and will now be used for informal recreation, including walking, cycling and horse riding.
The dumped material, including electrical goods, furniture, general waste and even a fruit machine, had to be professionally removed because of the steep hillside down which it had been dropped.
The work was carried out by SCC Ltd on behalf of Kirklees Council and was supported by the Kilner Bank Improvement Group.
Clr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for regeneration, welcomed the clean-up and the plans for Kilner Bank.
“This has significantly improved one of Huddersfield’s most attractive areas of regenerated woodland and heathland.
“Those people who drove here in order to dump this rubbish should be ashamed of themselves as the council’s free waste recycling depot is only half a mile away.”
He added: “The closure of Kilner Bank Road will effectively stop this from re-occurring and people can now enjoy the whole area and its diverse natural habitats.”
The Kilner Bank work is part of a bigger project called the Leeds Road Leisure Improvement programme.
Other planned facilities include a canoe training scheme in the River Colne, off Dalton Bank Road, and a trim trail at the Leeds Road playing fields complex, with exercise equipment to help people keep fit.