Fly-tip­ping con­demned as in­ci­dents reach 200

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

FLY-TIP­PING in­ci­dents hit 200 in the re­gion over the past nine months, but Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil says the num­ber has not risen since the new three-weekly bin col­lec­tions were in­tro­duced last year.

In one in­ci­dent last week, a con­cerned HGV driver told

The Oban Times: ‘ I pulled in to a layby area on the B845 road Bar­cal­dine to Bon­awe (Glen Saloch) road for a rest break, and all this mess was right be­side the layby down the bank.

‘ I saw a three- seater sofa, a metal bed, kids’ bi­cy­cles and toys, spilled cans of white paint, wash­ing ma­chines and tum­ble dry­ers.’

An Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil spokesper­son re­sponded: ‘ The coun­cil will take ac­tion to clean up any fly-tip­ping on coun­cil- owned land or the pub­lic road. Fly-tip­ping on pri­vate land is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the landowner or oc­cu­pier to clean up.

‘ The coun­cil will work (and with the own­ers) to es­tab­lish any ev­i­dence to iden­tify the of­fender. The rub­bish is not on coun­cil- owned land. How­ever, we will li­aise with the landowner.

‘ The coun­cil is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing pub­lic spa­ces are main­tained to as high a stan­dard as pos­si­ble and we ac­tively dis­cour­age fly-tip­ping and lit­ter­ing. We are grate­ful this has been brought to our at­ten­tion and we will have the rub­bish re­moved as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘Any­one who drops lit­ter can be is­sued with an £ 80 fixed penalty no­tice and fail­ure to pay may re­sult in pros­e­cu­tion and a fine of up to £ 2,500. The fixed penalty no­tice for fly-tip­ping is £ 200. If it is not paid, pros­e­cu­tion could re­sult in a fine of up to £ 40,000.

‘ The coun­cil has a duty to in­ves­ti­gate re­ports and will take ap­pro­pri­ate steps to pur­sue those re­spon­si­ble. The leg­is­la­tion ap­plies to ev­ery­one - no in­di­vid­ual is ex­empt from it.

‘ Keep­ing the area clear of lit­ter is some­thing we know is im­por­tant to res­i­dents and we would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to play a part in keep­ing our com­mu­ni­ties lit­ter-free.’

Some of the fly-tipped rub­bish that blights the Glen Saloch road.

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