Gloves off in war on litter

Brooms at the ready: Members of Halifax Boxing Club clean up the mess left by fly-tippers
Brooms at the ready: Members of Halifax Boxing Club clean up the mess left by fly-tippers

FED-UP members of a Halifax boxing club gave up their time to clean up a year’s worth of fly-tipping.

Over the past 12 months, Halifax Police Amateur Boxing Club has watched as rubbish mounted up around their rented Ladyship Mills base in Ovenden.

Senior coach Mick Rowe said he had contacted authorities about the problem but nothing had been done.

So he organised for dozens of his boxers, aged eight upwards, to spend a Saturday cleaning it up.

He said: “I don’t think we should have to do it ourselves but nothing’s been done. It’s been getting worse over the last year. It’s dangerous as well.

“There are beds, settees, glass. We’ve seen schools who used to come and use the club facilities drop out because of it. It’s terrible and a real eyesore.”

The club holds boxing shows but visitors struggle to park among the strewn rubbish.

Mr Rowe said: “The last boxing show we had was in February and one of the clubs, which came from Doncaster, drove around the back and got a puncture. So while the show was on, we had people outside helping them change the tyre.

“It’s embarrassing and a shame as it used to be such a nice place here.”

lAre you plagued by litterbugs? Should tougher action be taken against fly-tippers? Let us have your letters on the subject and send pictures of Calderdale’s worst grotspots to the Courier. Email: yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk