OLDHAM Council has taken action to stop fly tipping at the aptly named Crime Lane.

Over the last few months the Failsworth street had become a hotspot as people thought it was okay to drive there and dump their unwanted waste - or pay someone to do it for them - council bosses say

On several occasions our officers found evidence linking the waste to individuals and they have since been handed fines.

In a bid to make it more difficult for offenders the authority has now closed the lane from Stannybrook Road.

The closure order was supported by residents and local councillors, disgusted at the amount of waste people have dumped on the lane.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and culture, said: “Since lockdown started Oldham, like boroughs across the country, has seen a rise in fly tipping.

“There’s no excuse for it. It’s a blight on the borough and clearing it up costs every council tax payer – at a time when money is tighter than ever.

“Our teams have been, and continue to be, really busy due to the Coronavirus, but unfortunately a few selfish people thought it was fine to dump waste at Crime Lane.

“Hopefully this closure order will help stop fly tipping in this area and end the misery for residents who don’t want to see their neighbourhood turned into a dumping ground.

“We know we can’t stop fly tipping, but we are doing as much as we can with the resources available. Our officers will investigate all incidents reported to us and if we find evidence linking it to anyone, we’ll take action.

It is the duty of anyone paying another person to take away their rubbish to check they have a waste carriers licence. It is the resident who faces the legal consequences if waste is later found to have been dumped unlawfully.