Huge piles of “dangerous” waste are wreaking havoc on a rural beauty spot.
Bags of food waste, garden chemicals, white goods, furniture and packaging have been engulfing parking spaces near to the bottle bank on Park Lane in Emley each week for the last year.
Despite efforts by the community and Kirklees Council to remove it, rats are now plaguing the area behind the bins, while rubbish is spilling into nearby fields.
It is a situation that is becoming more serious, according to Paula Kemp, a local parish councillor who wants to stop the culprits in their tracks.
“It’s terrible and it’s getting worse and worse”, said Paula.
“It started with people leaving bags they’d carried bottles in.
“Then I started noticing commercial food packaging waste, such as oil containers and kebab boxes and commercial wine bottles, which were being left there each weekend.
“People started to dump food waste, which has attracted rats, and then white goods started to be dumped there.
“We’ve had sinks, gas boilers, tyres and even a three piece suite and now people are leaving garden waste, including chemicals there too.
“I’m sure it’s coming from businesses because residents can have their rubbish disposed of for free.”
There is now a weekly battle to remove the rubbish.
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“I or residents call Kirklees Council when we spot the rubbish, who send out the streetscene team.
“But it just keeps continuing, so I want to highlight it.
“I even tracked down one of the wholesalers in Huddersfield who sells the food in the packaging. I’m sure with some resources we could quite easily find out who the people are behind it but I’m not sure if we’ve got them.
“What they’re doing is very dangerous and can seriously damage wildlife.
“The people who are doing this need to realise what effect they’re having on the area and to take responsibility.
“They need to understand that it costs to remove this and the money is coming from what we as residents pay in council rates.
“If that doesn’t stop them, maybe the fact that they can get fined £50,000 or get 12 months in prison.”
It is the second serious flytipping incident in recent days, after a lorryload of waste was dumped in Grange Lane, Grange Moor, blocking the road for hours.