Angry Oswaldtwistle residents said this week’s warmer weather had caused huge swarms of the insects to emerge from decaying rubbish illegally dumped at the former Nipa Laboratories site.
County and borough councillor Peter Britcliffe said last night’s meeting was ‘an important show of feeling’ and that people ‘wanted answers’.Answers to what? ‘Dumped rubbish + hot weather = flies’. It’s not rocket science.
The Environment Agency is investigating how the material, some wrapped in black plastic, came to be dumped at the site in Nook Lane.Well, why not simply remove it and continue your ‘investigation’ somewhere else?
The residents don’t really help themselves, though:
Annette Cairns, who lives in Stanhill Lane a few streets away from the site, said: “It’s a full blown plague. There are swarms of them just buzzing around trying to get in and they crawl on you when they do.
“Yesterday I burned myself badly with a cup of tea because one crawled onto me.”…
Another New Lane resident Angela Fordham said… “It’s like that film The Birds - but with flies.”*stifles giggle*
Some householders and businesses said the flies were proving resistant to spray fly killers and even professional electric grid flykillers.
Butcher John Whittaker at Whittaker’s in Union Road said: “We don’t spray anything obviously and we have two professional electric grids which are usually very effective. However these new small flies seem impervious to it and just dance around it and through it.”They must be specially trained circus flies!
Annie Wheeler at Pound Plus Store said: “People are very unhappy. We’ve been getting a lot of carers in who are buying for the housebound people.
One man said he cared for a blind man who couldn’t see how many flies were in his house.”Well…. *nonplussed*….if he couldn’t see them, they can’t have caused him much of a problem, could they?
It does give Councillor Britcliffe a chance to jump up and down and posture like a turkeycock, though:
Coun Britcliffe said urgent action was needed. He said: “The residents need to know immediately what is being done about this problem because they are battling it on a daily basis.
“We need to know what action is being taken, how the flies problem will be cleared and whether the waste is affecting the watercourses.
“I urge the authorities to answer the residents’ questions. I am being contacted by residents non stop who want advice on what to do.”Oh, good grief man, they are just flies! Tell the residents to wait a few days and they will soon dissipate!
Apart from removing the dumped waste, what else should ‘the authorities’ do? Provide a running commentary? Take out adverts in the local paper? Hire a van and loudhailer to patrol the streets?
Another meeting will be held tonight at Tricky’s pub, Thwaites Road, Oswaldtwistle tonight.*rolls eyes*
How would we ever cope with another war, if this is the level of panic that a few flies can engender?