Flytipping has sparked fire fears with top chiefs.
Assistant District Commander for the Calderdale district, Robin Ward, said they had noticed that dumped rubbish was starting to cause a serious concern for the fire brigade with people starting deliberate fires, some extremely close to buildings.
“If a crew is called to deal with that nuisance fire it is taking that emergency service away from being able to save peoples property and lives. We have noticed a gradually increase over the last few months in particular in the Mixenden and Illingworth ward and Ovenden.
“People set fire to wheelie bins next to houses and this can spread. It can be extremely dangerous.”
The fire brigade has now teamed up with Community Payback who has been clearing one of the known hotspots around Ladyship Mills in Boothtown. They have filled several skips donated by Kemp Waste Management over the last few weeks and will return on Tuesday to continue their work.
“There is only a small charge for Calderdale Council to come and collect the rubbish so surely it is better to do that than risk someone’s life. Flytipping is starting to become a serious problem.”