Rubbish fears for Glassworks site

INCONSIDERATE flytippers are using an historic site in Nailsea as a makeshift rubbish dump. People who can't be bothered to travel to the civic amenity

INCONSIDERATE flytippers are using an historic site in Nailsea as a makeshift rubbish dump.People who can't be bothered to travel to the civic amenity sites in neighbouring Backwell and Portishead are using the run down Glassworks site as a makeshift dump for rubbish.Revellers walking past the site after a night on the town are also throwing empty bottles and food wrappers into the site.town leaders are warning unless action is taken and fencing put up to stop flytippers, the ancient site could become the town's new tip.Nailsea Town Council chairman Marston Dufty said: "I am appalled that anyone can have such a cavalier attitude to the town."We are aware of people dumping their rubbish on the site and have appointed a contactor to clear it up. We do not want the Glassworks turning into Nailsea's new civic amenity site."If anyone is caught fly tipping we will take what steps are necessary to make sure we get an effective prosecution."Anyone who sees people dumping rubbish at the site should take down details and report it to the town council."The site, which has been given ancient scheduled monument status by English Heritage, is jointly owned by North Somerset Council and local businessman Jeremy Hobbs.Mr Hobbs has put forward plans to develop the Glassworks with a mix of homes and retail units and is currently in negotiations with North Somerset Council and English Heritage.The Glassworks were opened by John Lucas in the late 18th century and became Nailsea's biggest employer.By the 1830s it had expanded to become one of the fourth largest in the country, but closed in 1874 due to dwindling coal supplies. North Somerset Council appointed a team of consultants to carry out a study into future options for the site. Options put forward included turning the site into a community park, using it for car parking or turning it into a new office development.North Somerset Council spokesman Nick Yates said: "Wood and bottles will be removed from the site shortly. We do have a management plan for the site in place. "There is a fence around most of the site and holes were backfilled last year. "We do want to see the site redeveloped but projects on scheduled sites do take time.


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