Time to get tough on fly-tipping call
Council urged to make example of offenders
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