Shamed into cleaning up fly tipping
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