Fly-tip­ping shame on our streets

Call for a crack­down

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

Eye­soreCoun­cil­lor

An East Kilbride coun­cil­lor has called for a crack­down on fly-tip­ping af­ter a Mur­ray street was tar­geted again.

East Kilbride Cen­tral South coun­cil­lor Gerry Con­very blasted the dumpers and urged them to clean up their act.

A res­i­dent told the News slates and tiles from roof work on Telford Road has been aban­doned for over two months, and bed­ding plastic stuck in trees.

Now the Labour coun­cil­lor wants to catch those who left the waste.

“It’s not some­thing any­one would like to see,” Cllr Con­very told the News.

“The coun­cil of­fers a free up­lift ser­vice - so there is ab­so­lutely no ex­cuse for it.

“We live in a throw­away cul­ture and th­ese peo­ple don’t seem to give one damn about the so­ci­ety we live in.

“Of course I would like to see a crack­down. I cover a big area, and from time to time peo­ple raise is­sues, but if peo­ple don’t re­port it we don’t know it’s there.

“It’s not a thing I hear about reg­u­larly, but if peo­ple pick up the phone or come to one of the reg­u­lar surg­eries I will take it up with the coun­cil, or if some­one saw who it was we would chap their door.

“It’s an on-go­ing is­sue but I’d like folk to buy into it and clean up the town.

“We can do as much as we can though and self­ish peo­ple will still do it.

“You don’t get this in other coun­tries. I used to live in Canada and you never saw it.”

SNP coun­cil­lor for the area, John Anderson, noted that there had been no re­ports sub­mit­ted to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil regarding Telford Road.

How­ever, he agreed that fly-tip­ping had a neg­a­tive im­pact on the town.

He said: “I am acutely aware of the im­pact the self­ish ac­tions of fly-tip­pers has on our com­mu­nity and that is why the coun­cil take the is­sue very se­ri­ously.

“I keep a close eye on the streets in my ward and I’m aware of some his­toric is­sues on Telford Road, but there are no re­ports of fly­tip­ping in the last 30 days.

“It is a busy and wellpop­u­lated street so we do deal with a lot of bulk up­lift re­quests in the area. It may be that on oc­ca­sions th­ese are be­ing mis­taken for fly­tip­ping.

“Un­der fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion I have found that in the last three months there has been one re­port of fly-tip­ping in Telford Road. How­ever, even one in­ci­dent is too many, and so I would urge res­i­dents to let the coun­cil know when­ever it oc­curs.

“Il­le­gal dump­ing can be re­ported in con­fi­dence to En­vi­ron­men­tal Health 0303 123 1015 or via the Coun­cil Web site www.

I used to live in Canada and you never saw it

Gerry Con­very at the dump­ing site on Telford Road

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