Vermin concerns as bin thefts continue
Residents want action as litter problem escalates
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