Ver­min con­cerns as bin thefts con­tinue

Res­i­dents want ac­tion as lit­ter prob­lem es­ca­lates

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Fern­hill res­i­dents say they are fac­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal health cri­sis as house­holds strug­gle to dis­pose of rub­bish in the wake of sev­eral bin thefts.

The Re­former re­ported last week and in Jan­uary of the grow­ing trend of youths steal­ing bins and set­ting them on fire.

There has been spec­u­la­tion they are do­ing this to get high from the fumes of the burn­ing blue plas­tic.

But lo­cals this week said the young­sters are not only putting their lives at risk, but harm­ing those whose bins they have stolen.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said house­holds left with­out a bin in Shiel­d­aig Drive have been forced to dump bags of rub­bish in com­mu­nal gar­dens, where they have been ripped apart by birds and foxes.

The rub­bish in turn has been blown on to other parts of the neigh­bour­hood.

“This will cause rats,” the woman said.

“They are putting bag upon bag into the caged area, where the bins used to be.

“There is rub­bish blow­ing around all over the place and there is lit­ter strewn all over the spare ground next to it, where they pulled down the old flats.”

The prob­lem of dis­pos­ing rub­bish in the scheme and other parts of Ruther­glen is es­ca­lat­ing as more and more bins are stolen.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil re­vealed that be­tween Oc­to­ber 2016 and Jan­uary 2017 a to­tal of 85 bins had been stolen in Fern­hill alone. The re­place­ment of th­ese bins has cost £3998.40.

The woman added: “Th­ese flats are be­side the swing park. They have had new cladding and they were look­ing lovely. Now, with all this rub­bish it is hor­ren­dous.

“It re­ally is hor­rific and no one seems to clean this. It has just been left.

“The coun­cil don’t seem to be both­ered about putting more bins in.”

A spokesman for South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said: “The coun­cil is aware of the prob­lem with bins at 12-16 Shiel­d­aig Drive, Fern­hill, be­ing stolen. Of­fi­cers have cleared up rub­bish in the area on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and we are cur­rently look­ing at the best so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

“We are con­sid­er­ing re­plac­ing the bins with com­mu­nal bins, a process that would in­volve var­i­ous coun­cil re­sources and ex­ter­nal agen­cies such as Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue and Po­lice Scot­land work­ing with us to pro­vide a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion for th­ese flats.

“This may take a num­ber of weeks to com­plete as it would in­volve the coun­cil procur­ing new bins for res­i­dents in this area and would also in­volve pro­vid­ing new fa­cil­i­ties to house th­ese bins.”

Load of rub­bish Res­i­dents con­cerned this mess could at­tract ver­min to the street

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