Self­ish tip­pers cre­ate eye­sore

Coun­cil­lor‘at end of tether’

Wishaw Press - - RECYCLING - Ross Thom­son

A Wishaw coun­cil­lor has blasted fly-tip­pers who have turned a empty plot of land into a “dump­ing ground”.

Nicky Shevlin has writ­ten to the coun­cil’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices team af­ter sev­eral com­plaints from res­i­dents about the ground on the cor­ner of North­muir Drive and Thrash­bush Road.

In a let­ter to the coun­cil, sent to the Wishaw Press, Coun­cil­lor Shevlin said: “I am at the end of my tether with this.

“I have con­tacted Plan­ning, En­vi­ron­men­tal and Land Ser­vices to in­ter­vene with this eye­sore which is quickly be­com­ing a dump­ing ground with all sorts of fur­ni­ture and white goods along with other items dis­carded through the night cre­at­ing a lot of con­cern to the lo­cal res­i­dents around this land.

“To be fair, the en­force­ment of­fi­cers have tried on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions to speak to the owner but I be­lieve they haven’t had any joy con­tact­ing him and be­cause their re­sources are lim­ited it hasn’t been fol­lowed up, though I stand to be cor­rected if this is still be­ing ac­tively pur­sued.

“The risk to pub­lic health from con­tam­i­na­tion is pretty much neg­li­gi­ble but I have seen kids rum­mag­ing about within the site and to date there hasn’t been any re­ported in­juries so hope­fully this will not be an is­sue in the fu­ture.”

Coun­cil­lor Shevlin added that he hoped the coun­cil would treat the fly-tip­ping as “a mat­ter of ur­gency”.

In re­sponse to the coun­cil­lor’s let­ter, NLC Se­nior En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Of­fi­cer Jamie Bran­ni­gan said the site was in pri­vate own­er­ship and there was no le­gal re­quire­ment for the lo­cal author­ity to get in­volved.

In a let­ter to the coun­cil­lor, Mr Bran­ni­gan added: “The area is un­kempt and over­grown with de­posits in the main com­pris­ing of tree cut­tings and gar­den waste. The Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices sec­tion of North La­nark­shire Coun­cil are em­pow­ered to deal with mat­ters that would con­sti­tute a risk to pub­lic health.

“There is no ev­i­dence that the site owner is re­spon­si­ble for the fly-tip­ping.

“The own­ers have been re­quested to ad­dress the con­di­tion of the site how­ever there is no le­gal re­dress avail­able from a pub­lic health per­spec­tive to en­force im­prove­ment.

“The owner has promised to fence the site, how­ever has failed to do so and again he can­not be re­quired to un­der­take these works.

“I re­alise this is not the de­sired out­come how­ever the coun­cil can­not adopt re­spon­si­bil­ity for pri­vate land and has no power to im­prove the con­di­tion of sites that await fur­ther de­vel­op­ment.

“The site will be mon­i­tored by a lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer and should the cir­cum­stances change where we con­sider le­gal ac­tion can be taken then a no­tice will be served on the pro­pri­etor.”

The owner has promised to fence the site, how­ever has failed to do so and he can­not be re­quired to un­der­take these works

What a mess Coun­cil­lor Nicky Shevlin hit out at the fly-tip­pers

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