CLEAR-UP

Shamed into clean­ing up fly tip­ping

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Gary Fan­ning

is im­pres­sive,” he de­clared.

“Some shop own­ers have be­gun tidy­ing up the ar­eas be­hind their prop­er­ties.

“The Cross Keys now have a pad­locked steel gate at the side of their prop­erty which pro­hibits peo­ple con­gre­gat­ing and us­ing the area be­hind Cale­do­nian Road and Ste­warton Street to drink and take drugs.

“I am glad that the coun­cil, NHS La­nark­shire and oth­ers are go­ing to sit down and take ac­tion to get this is­sue re­solved.

“This would never have hap­pened if the Wishaw Press had not high­lighted on the front page and a great two-page ar­ti­cle in­side.

“The Wishaw Press ar­ti­cle has got a re­sponse from the coun­cil and NHS La­nark­shire when many shop own­ers and busi­nesses had been com­plain­ing for a long time and noth­ing was be­ing done.”

One land­lord said: “Ev­ery­body is glad that pos­i­tive moves are be­ing made.”

Ear­lier this month, coun­cil leader Jim Logue in­sisted that ac­tion would be taken to tackle the drink and drug dens and fly tip­ping in the cen­tre of the town.

He said that the coun­cil would is­sue le­gal no­tices on the own­ers of the land be­hind the Cross Keys and for­mer Crown Ho­tel if they failed to clear up the mess within 21 days.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “As the com­pany which owned the aban­doned skip be­hind Ste­warton Street had gone into liq­ui­da­tion,, the coun­cil had to fol­lowl­low a le­gal process ess a l l ow­ing it to re­move the skip and clear the rub­bishsh sur­round­ing it.

“We are also so work­ing with h a num­ber of prop­erty own­ers rs to clear other back court ar­eas, in­clud­ing onee on Cale­do­nian Road. How­ever, this is an on­go­ing is­sue which re­quires a part­ner­ship ap­proach from all agen­cies in­clud­ing Po­lice Scot­land, NHS La­nark­shire and other com­mu­nity safety part­ners. The coun­cil in­tends to raise the mat­ter at the Wishaw Lo­cal Area Part­ner­ship to iden­tify ways to ad­dress th­ese prob­lems in a co- or­di­nated man­ner. “The coun­cil con­tin­ues to deal with fly tip­ping in Wishaw with a ded­i­cated en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer work­ing in the town cen­tre. An im­porta im­por­tant as­pect of this work is en­sur­ing private pr prop­erty own­ers meet th their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in main­tain­ing their lan land and prop­erty. An Any­one w i t h a com com­plaint about fly tipp tip­ping can con­tact the cou coun­cil on 01698 403110 and help us iden­tify thos those re­spon­si­ble for this a an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.”

Op­er­a­tion The rub­bish be­ing cleared be­hind the Cross Keys Inn and for­mer Crown Ho­tel Dif­fer­ence The cleaned area is now free of rub­bish and long may that stay

Flash­back How we high­lighted the is­sue last month

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