Fly tippers turn beauty spot into 'rat infested eyesore'

A Merseyside beauty spot has turned into an “eyesore” after being blighted by fly tipping. Whiston Town Councillor Anthony Jones hit out at those responsible for dumping rubbish at Big Lake in Halsnead Park, Whiston, which he claims has become “inundated with rats.” Images taken by the ECHO show a filthy sofa, tyres and bin bags full of rubbish piled high around the lake.

Cllr Jones, who lives in the area, said it has become a target for fly tipping over the last year, with trucks regularly turning up and disposing of their waste, despite the tip only being a mile away. Prescot Angling Club, who own the lake, say they are doing their best to try and maintain it, but as a small local club it’s becoming unaffordable.

Sofas, tyres and bin bags have been dumped on the land

Cllr Jones told the ECHO: “It’s an absolute eyesore. There’s piles of tyres, cookers, mattresses and all sorts being dumped there.

“I’m worried about people going up there like young kids. Syringes have been left there which the council have come and taken away in the past. “I’m so angry at the people who are dumping the stuff.

There’s a tip not far from there. Why can’t they go to the tip? “Everyone who lives around here says it’s terrible.

“It’s inundated with rats, you sometimes see them even in the day time.”

Fly tippers turn beauty spot into 'rat infested eyesore'Tyres dumped around the lake in Halsnead Park

Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what’s on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here. In December, Mr Jones said a group of councillors and members of the public organised a clean up of the lake but within a few days it was full of rubbish again. Cllr Jones fears the area surrounding the Big Lake has been “left to rack and ruin”, with fly tipping continuing to take place on a regular basis.

Enter your postcode for local issues where you live A spokesperson from Prescot Angling Club said: “We’re a small club that’s run by local lads. With the fly tipping that’s going on down there it’s becoming unaffordable.

“It costs GBP260 each time there’s fly tipping down there. That’s what most of the subs are going on. “We’re not happy about the situation.

We’re looking at putting surveillance cameras up there but that comes at a great expense.”