DIRTY OLD TOWN

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

A Wishaw man has blasted the state of the town’s al­leys and back courts which are lit­tered with empty booze cans and sy­ringes.

Cen­tral Wishaw Com­mu­nity Coun­cil sec­re­tary Alan Love con­tacted the Wishaw Press af­ter fill­ing three black bags’ of empty beer cans and bro­ken bot­tles.

Alan’s pho­to­graphs show a pile of empty cans of strong cider and lager and bot­tles of Buck­fast wine, cider and vodka in the back court be­hind Spec­savers. He also snapped a num­ber of sy­ringes, spoons and drug para­phana­lia.

Alan also noted a three-piece suite dumped be­hind Ste­warton Street and tyres dumped at the en­trance to the close into Cale­do­nian Road.

Alan said: “We can’t have this right at the town cen­tre. It’s an eye­sore and we have to see ac­tion on this and quickly.

“His­tor­i­cally this has been a prob­lem. When you look be­hind th­ese ar­eas it has be­come a dump­ing ground for all sorts of mess.”

Last year, a Wishaw Press in­ves­ti­ga­tion lifted the lid on the eye­sore ar­eas be­hind the Main Street which had be­come a mag­net for fly-tip­ping and van­dal­ism with bags of rub­bish, bro­ken glass and other items dumped.

At that time calls were made to tackle up to a dozen drink­ing and drugs dens in and around the town cen­tre.

Alan added: “There have been steps taken to tackle this prob­lem.

“There’s been a lot of mess cleared in and around Lan­ni­gan’s Court; that has been a real im­prove­ment. How­ever, in other ar­eas where noth­ing has been done. Peo­ple will keep go­ing there to drink and do drugs un­til the coun­cil and the po­lice do some­thing about it.”

In re­sponse, a coun­cil spokesman said: “Landown­ers are re­spon­si­ble for the re­moval of lit­ter on their land.

“Many of the back courts af­fected by an­ti­so­cial lit­ter­ing in the Wishaw area are in pri­vate own­er­ship and there is an on­go­ing is­sue with pri­vate landown­ers and busi­nesses fail­ing to deal with lit­ter prob­lems on the ground they own.

“We work in part­ner­ship with Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful to help any pri­vate landowner and any com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion in­ter­ested in clear­ing lit­ter from pri­vate sites.”

Dis­gust­ing Alan Love, below, and some of the waste ly­ing around, in­clud­ing nee­dles, in­set left

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