Neigh­bours kick up a stink over rub­bish

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

A moun­tain of rub­bish is caus­ing a stink among lo­cals in Whit­burn.

Peo­ple say they have had enough of the ever-in­creas­ing pile of rub­bish at the bin store at Shanks Road, which has been grow­ing in size since Au­gust.

De­spite nu­mer­ous com­plaints to the coun­cil, the prob­lem is get­ting worse and is caus­ing black flies to plague peo­ple liv­ing in nearby flats.

One lo­cal, Yvonne Gard­ner, said she has been com­plain­ing since Au­gust 24. The rub­bish was cleared once but it has been al­lowed to pile up again.

“Ev­ery­one ap­pears to be us­ing the area as a rub­bish dump,” she said.

“Apart from the state of the bin store and the smell, surely this is a fire haz­ard.”

Claire Collins, who lives in flats near the bins, agreed, adding: “This is re­ally dis­gust­ing.

“I have a five- month- old and am wor­ried about hy­giene. It’s a dis­grace.”

A West Loth­ian Coun­cil spokesper­son said steps would be taken to clear waste from the area and pointed out the homes nearby are owned by both the coun­cil and pri­vate land­lords.

“To al­low us to col­lect waste from com­mu­nal ar­eas, house­hold­ers are ex­pected to com­ply with sim­i­lar rules to those who use the kerb­side re­cy­cling scheme, such as mak­ing sure we have clear ac­cess to their bins,” he said.

“In cir­cum­stances where th­ese rules are not fol­lowed we are not able to col­lect the waste.

“The re­spon­si­bil­ity then falls on the own­ers to ar­range for the com­mu­nal ar­eas to com­ply with col­lec­tion rules, as well as pay the charge for us to carry out a re­turn visit to empty the bins when this is com­plete.”

He added: “An of­fi­cer from the coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal health team has vis­ited the site and is now pur­su­ing the mat­ter with own­ers and oc­cu­piers of the prop­er­ties of con­cern.

“This may re­quire le­gal ac­tion against th­ese in­di­vid­u­als to have the waste re­moved. If this is un­suc­cess­ful then any costs for re­moval will be pur­sued and fur­ther le­gal penal­ties may be ap­plied to those re­spon­si­ble.

“There is also ev­i­dence that the area is also be­ing used for fly tip­ping as well and coun­cil staff will con­tinue to mon­i­tor this site and take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion as re­quired.”

Apart from the state of the bin store and the smell, surely this is a fire haz­ard

Con­cerned Mr Singh from Premier Stores with Yvonne Gard­ner

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