Residents’ fury at rat-infested rubbish pile left to fester for 2 years

A fly-tipping hotspot has been full of rubbish for nearly two years, according to nearby residents, but the council cannot clear it since it is on private land.

The site, on Crabtree Lane off Gibbet Street in Halifax, has been plagued with rubbish for as long as some residents have been living there.

Mr Harris, who lives next to the site, told Yorkshire Live that he had seen ‘half-eaten rats’, nappies and rodents in his garden.

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Mr Harris has lived next to the site since October 2019, and the rubbish was there when he moved in.

A local shopkeeper said that he has been here since May 2020, and the rubbish has always been there.

He said that the fly-tippers come at night to dump on the land, and it has been getting worse recently.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for public services and communities, Cllr Jenny Lynn, said: “Investigations are ongoing to identify the culprits of fly tipping at Crabtree Street outside Halifax town centre and evidence has been gathered from the waste to support this investigation.

“Although the waste is on private land, we’re working with the owner to look at options for clearing the site and preventing further issues at this location.

“We’re committed to tackling fly tipping across Calderdale and are working hard not only to identify those responsible, but also to prevent issues occurring in the first place.

New camera technology is being used across the borough to catch the culprits in the act, with signage to warn those considering illegally dumping waste that it’s not something we will tolerate.”

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YorkshireLive – Halifax