A LEYLAND councillor has praised council chiefs for helping to clean up fly-tipping in his ward.

Paul Wharton, who represents the Farrington area, believes the operation on Mill Street this week will help residents feel good about the ward.

He said:“This has been a persistent issue for well over 18 months, and I am delighted that South Ribble Borough Council have taken action to resolve the issue and clean up the environment that has been blighting residents.

“Fly-tipping had been a real problem as areas get cleared up and then some people come back and it gets worse again.

“I wrote to the cabinet member for neighbourhoods and streetscenes Graham Walton on various occasions and he spoke to council officers and they came and cut back the trees and hedges and it has really spruced the area up.

“We just hope that people can take pride in the area and can keep on top of things.”

Cllr Wharton believes fly-tipping along with potholes and dog fouling are among the main complaints for local people.

He said: “We are seeing fly-tipping more and more.

“There are not a lot of people in the area paying for brown bins then we could see a rise in the amount of fly-tipping.

“Lancashire County Council also asked for permits for certain types of rubbish so we may see more fly-tipping because of that.

“When people see fly-tipping does not give a good feeling when they are driving past and also it would not give people a sense they are part of the community.

“”I have written to all residents to outline the steps that are being taken.

“I would remind all residents to report fly-tipping to the council either online or by telephoning so that it can be removed and investigated for prosecution.”

Cllr Graham Walton, said: “There was a toilet and some overhanging branches which we cleared.

“It is looking good now and it is now up to residents to be responsible and watch for people going down the sidestreets.

“I would ask them to be vigilant and try to make sure that it does not go back again.”