Christ­mas trees lit­ter­ing streets

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

A DUNDEE coun­cil­lor has claimed a lack of fund­ing is to blame for the many Christ­mas trees lit­ter­ing the city’s streets – weeks af­ter the fes­tive pe­riod ended.

A num­ber of trees have been dumped fol­low­ing the end of the Christ­mas pe­riod – but they have not yet been up­lifted by Dundee City Coun­cil, and res­i­dents have hit out at the eye­sore.

Trees have been spot­ted on Ar­broath Road, Pan­mure Ter­race, Perth Road and Strathyre Av­enue and West End coun­cil­lor Richard McCready – whose ward cov­ers Perth Road – has called for the mess to be dealt with.

He said: “I’ve had sev­eral com­plaints that there are Christ­mas trees ly­ing around the pave­ments and I’ve also seen many for my­self that have been chucked out and left ly­ing.

“This is one area where we are see­ing lack of fund­ing af­fect­ing ser­vices. As a city coun­cil we need to put a lit­tle bit more ef­fort into the col­lec­tion of trees af­ter Christ­mas.

“It’s one of these things that’s easy to pre­dict. We know trees will need dis­posed of af­ter Christ­mas and we need to be geared up for that.”

One lo­cal res­i­dent, who lives on Ar­broath Road, said: “Christ­mas was a few weeks ago now so I am a bit sur­prised to see so many trees sud­denly ap­pear­ing at the side of the road.

“They are not hugely in the way but they are a bit un­sightly and I hope they are not just go­ing to be left ly­ing about in­def­i­nitely.

“The peo­ple who can af­ford to pur­chase real trees – and some of them are ab­so­lutely huge – are surely re­spon­si­ble enough to make sure they are dis­posed of prop­erly.”

Mary­field coun­cil­lor Lynne Short has en­cour­aged the pub­lic to dis­pose of their trees re­spon­si­bly.

She said: “The coun­cil ran a big cam­paign on so­cial me­dia ex­plain­ing how to dis­pose of trees. I would en­cour­age peo­ple to go on­line and find out more, so we don’t have them ly­ing around the streets.”

The coun­cil states on its web­site that pick-ups for real trees, which are re­cy­clable and shred­ded to re­duce com­post, are avail­able.

Res­i­dents have to fill in an on­line form for the pick-ups but can also take them to lo­cal recycling cen­tres.

Kevin Cordell, the coun­cil’s con­vener of neigh­bour­hood ser­vices, said: “You can ap­ply to have your Christ­mas tree up­lifted and you will be given a spe­cific col­lec­tion day.

“If peo­ple don’t do that then your tree won’t be col­lected.

“You can also take them to our recycling cen­tres at Bal­dovie and River­side.”

The Christ­mas trees have left the streets in a mess.

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