Fury as gas can­is­ters dumped at train track

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Shirley Bar­tynek

Four gas can­is­ters have been dumped near to a rail­way line in Larkhall.

Res­i­dents in the town’s High Avon Street, who live just yards away from the fly-tip­ping, have been alarmed by the re­cent in­ci­dent.

One per­son said: “The gas can­is­ters may be empty, but this could have cat­a­strophic re­sults if they fall onto the line.

“We have re­cently had trees cut near the line which has made a huge im­prove­ment to the area but peo­ple con­tinue to il­le­gally dump rub­bish at this site.

“This area has be­come a dump­ing ground for many. We have con­tacted var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions but so far noth­ing has been done.”

A Net­work Rail spokesman said: “Each year, we re­move over 1200 tonnes of rub­bish from the op­er­a­tional rail­way in Scot­land and this is a task which could be largely avoided if peo­ple took their rub­bish to a bin or re­cy­cling cen­tre.

“Lit­ter col­lec­tion and fly-tip­ping in­stead uses up main­te­nance staff time that could be bet­ter spent on du­ties that would fur­ther im­prove the per­for­mance of our net­work and the ser­vice we pro­vide the pub­lic.

“Our en­gi­neers will in­spect the area and we are al­ways avail­able to work with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to help them ad­dress the causes of fly-tip­ping.”

Shirley Clel­land, head of Fleet and En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “Our of­fi­cers vis­ited the lo­ca­tion late Mon­day (Oc­to­ber 9) af­ter­noon and found no ev­i­dence of gas can­is­ters — it may be that Net­work Rail had al­ready re­moved them.

“En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices will be alert­ing Net­work Rail to the dump­ing that has taken place and, in the mean­time, we have spo­ken with the per­son mak­ing the com­plaint and re­quested that they or any­one else with in­for­ma­tion on the ve­hi­cles or peo­ple in­volved could con­tact En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices so that the mat­ter can be in­ves­ti­gated.”

Alarm­ing Some of the can­is­ters

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