Beauty spot is now a fly-tip health hazard.
Byline: FAYE BROWN Local Democracy Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org @brownfaye_93
THESE shocking images expose an illegal fly-tipping swamp at a former "beauty spot".
Located at a nature reserve park underneath the Mersey Gateway Bridge, the tip spans about half a mile down a remote path used mostly by cyclists.
But the once idyllic route has been blighted by a spate of illegal waste dumpings, which residents have branded a "vile health hazard".
Alarming images show that tonnes of waste, ranging from household furniture to children's toys, have been abandoned at the tip, which backs onto the Manchester Ship Canal, in Wigg Island, Runcorn.
Items which have been left to rot at the tip include a mouldy headboard, chairs, a full couch, a fridge, bricks, tyres, building materials, bottles, clothes and general waste.
Several pieces appear to have been torched, including a cabinet, mattresses and parts of a tree.
Concerned people living in the area said the site appears to be a known hotspot for rogue rubbish dumpers, with one passer-by describing the level of waste as on an "industrial scale."
Local resident Tim Green, who spotted the tip during a walk in the park, said: "It's horrendous. You don't expect to find that in your town. I must have seen about 20 or 30 burnt and unburnt mattresses, all sorts of furniture, a fridge, tyres - there's not a lot of rubbish I did not see.
"It shouldn't happen. It's a tip. It belongs on a tip or a landfill somewhere, not a park. That's not a one-off. It's on an industrial scale. I've never seen anything like that at all. " The 61-year-old added: "It looks like someone is employed to remove rubbish and is using a short-cut to get rid of it. But, once fly-tipping starts, it just escalates and gets worse and worse. I don't know how people find out about (locations) like that.
"It's dangerous and it's impinging on the road. It's right on the edge of the canal and it (the waste) could get in and pollute the water. It's not good for the environment."
Residents have also taken to social media to express their disgust at the site after a video of the dump was shared on Facebook.
One said: "This is where your cheap tip runs are going ... down the side of Wigg Island."
Others branded it as "disgusting" and a "vile health hazard", while one said: "What a bloody shame!! A beauty spot ruined!"
Some of the rubbish at Wigg Island, also below