Apol­ogy to fam­i­lies up­set over ceme­tery fly-tip­ping

Evening Times - - THE WORLD TODAY - BY CARLA JENK­INS

CITY bosses have apol­o­gised to fam­i­lies af­fected by the rub­bish left by fly-tip­pers at St Kentigern’s Ceme­tery in Lamb­hill, and in Linn Park Ceme­tery.

The Evening Times re­ported yes­ter­day that large amounts of com­mer­cial waste and rub­bish had been left in wood­lands at the back of St Kentigern’s de­spite amounts be­ing cleared and bol­lards be­ing in­stalled by the coun­cil in 2018.

Since pub­li­ca­tion, the coun­cil have agreed to re­visit the site and at­tempt to find more in­for­ma­tion to help iden­tify those who are tip­ping in the first in­stance.

A spokesman from Glas­gow City Coun­cil said: “These are very re­gret­table scenes and we are sorry if they have up­set any­one who vis­ited either ceme­tery.

“It is ap­palling that any­one ever thought it okay to fly-tip waste in a place of re­mem­brance.

“Those re­spon­si­ble for fly-tip­ping in­side a ceme­tery de­serve the pub­lic’s con­tempt.

“Thank­fully, re­cent mea­sures to re­strict ac­cess have had a pos­i­tive im­pact and we are not aware of any new tak­ing fly-tip­ping in­ci­dents at these ceme­ter­ies.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the lo­ca­tions where these older in­ci­dents of fly-tip­ping have taken place are dif­fi­cult for ve­hi­cles to ac­cess and also present a safety hazard to staff work­ing on foot.

“We will look again to see if these items can be re­moved safely and we will dou­ble check the site for any in­for­ma­tion that helps to iden­tify the cul­prits.”

Coun­cil­lor Al­lan Gow, whose ward St Kentigern’s be­longs to, also told The Evening Times: “Fly tip­ping is a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue across the city, much of the se­ri­ous stuff is com­mer­cial rather than in­di­vid­u­als.

Grouse Fan Zone at The Old School­house as a venue for our sup­port­ers to fol­low the team when we’re away from home.

“This is a great ini­tia­tive from our of­fi­cial whisky part­ner, The Fa­mous Grouse, and I know our play­ers are looking for­ward to watch­ing the match.”

“The north of the city has had some long-stand­ing is­sues and I have been work­ing with Coun­cil of­fi­cers to see how best we can de­ter this kind of anti so­cial be­hav­iour. Sadly, where we find suc­cess in one area it of­ten shifts the prob­lem to an­other. It is par­tic­u­larly de­spi­ca­ble that a ceme­tery is be­ing used. “

The news of fly-tip­ping comes af­ter The Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency (SEPA) pub­lished in 2019 that in­stances of fly-tip­ping re­ported to SEPA had sig­nif­i­cantly risen.

In Glas­gow City in 2018, 347 in­stances of fly-tip­ping were re­ported. This is a sig­nif­i­cant rise since num­bers of fly-tip­ping in­ci­dents in 2010 were only 280.

Ac­cord­ing to Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful there are an average of 170 fly­tip­ping in­ci­dents ev­ery sin­gle day, de­spite the threat of a £200 fine.

A spokesper­son from SEPA told The Evening Times: “Fly tip­ping is a very se­ri­ous is­sue across Scot­land.

“It is an is­sue that is get­ting worse here in Glas­gow and cre­ates an added bur­den on al­ready lim­ited coun­cil budgets.

“There is also the neg­a­tive im­pact to the en­vi­ron­ment – whether that’s in your street, lo­cal green spa­ces or even worse, lo­cal ceme­ter­ies.

“Of­ten it is not clear as to what has been fly-tipped and it could in­clude dan­ger­ous and haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als.

“These can be harm­ful to wildlife and eco-sys­tems, the peo­ple who use those spa­ces and places as well as the coun­cil staff who have to re­move the fly-tip­ping.

“Fly-tip­ping is un­ac­cept­able and we need bet­ter en­force­ment to en­sure we bet­ter pro­tect peo­ple, places and the planet.”

Ruar­idh Jackson, left, and Matt Fager­son honed their bar skills

Pic­ture: Colin Mearns

The rub­bish dumped at the ceme­tery

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