Time to get tough on fly-tip­ping call

Coun­cil urged to make ex­am­ple of of­fend­ers

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS - Stephen Tem­lett

A coun­cil­lor is call­ing for more ac­tion to be taken to tackle fly-tip­ping.

Jeff Leaver has seen an in­crease in Collin re­cently and wants the lo­cal author­ity to send a mes­sage by mak­ing an ex­am­ple of any­one they catch dump­ing rub­bish.

The Labour coun­cil­lor said: “We need to get that mes­sage out there. Peo­ple think they can get away with it.

“If peo­ple see rub­bish they just add to it be­cause they know noth­ing will be done and an area be­comes even more un­sightly. It some­how builds its own mo­men­tum.

“We need to catch some­one and pros­e­cute them and make peo­ple aware we won’t let them get away with it.”

One way the coun­cil is hop­ing to tackle the is­sue is by mon­i­tor­ing fly­tip­ping hotspots in the area.

The is­sue was raised at Wed­nes­day’s Niths­dale area com­mit­tee where Shonagh Hen­der­son, the prin­ci­pal of­fi­cer for com­mu­nity safety, ad­dressed ways to tackle it.

She said: “Sig­nage will be go­ing up pretty soon as fly­tip­ping will not be tol­er­ated. We’re go­ing to mon­i­tor it for a trial pe­riod to see how suc­cess­ful the sig­nage is at hotspots.”

Com­plaints from the Collin area are in­creas­ing ac­cord­ing to Mr Leaver, a Lochar ward coun­cil­lor.

He said: “This is­sue has been go­ing on for a long time but quite re­cently there’s been a lot of it go­ing on. Collin is one of the worst ar­eas for it.

“Things that are be­ing found in­clude build­ing and gar­den ma­te­ri­als like bricks be­ing dumped.

“I went down there and saw baby cribs ly­ing in the side of the road.

“The coun­cil has been up lift­ing be­fore but it’s quite ex­pen­sive to keep go­ing out to do it. We need to try and im­prove the sit­u­a­tion down there and through­out the re­gion.”

Fed-up Coun­cil­lor Jeff Leaver at the site of fly tip­ping on the out­skirts of Collin, near Dum­fries

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