Bags of dumped clothes in Larkhall are ‘eyesore’ for furious locals


Local residents are furious after discovering a large number of children’s clothes dumped behind a Lanarkshire supermarket.

The shocking find amounts to hundreds of items of clothing carelessly scattered in a wooded area near Asda, Larkhall.

The extensive fly-tipping has been reported to South Lanarkshire Council, however it is understood the discarded clothing has been an “eyesore” for more than two weeks.

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Images suggest a number of bags of clothing, mostly children’s, were taken to the area along with rubbish, and dumped.

It’s not the first time locals have raised concerns of litter and fly-tipping in the Morgan Glen area.

Around 12 shopping trolleys have also been dumped in the area, with many in a small burn nearby.

Local community figure Laura Gilmour has raised the issue with South Lanarkshire Council and Councilor Richard Nelson, and called the problem “an eyesore”.

She told Lanarkshire Live she expects the local authority to take action shortly.

Meanwhile, Councilor Nelson hopes to organize a clean-up with members of the community.

Laura shared her findings on a local community page, as Larkhall residents showed their disgust at the situation.

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One local said: “Absolute disgrace what our country is coming to. Some poor person could be doing with all that.”

Others agreed and noted that children less fortunately could otherwise be benefiting from unwanted clothes.

Another poster added: “Oh my that’s awful. No respect. I’m absolutely shocked at this. So wasteful too. Some poor families need real help and need it now!”

While another said: “It’s a disgrace. What is wrong with these people?”

“These could have been great clothes for someone that needed them to keep them warm. Hope they all feel ashamed as I’m sure they probably are on social media.”

Alistair McKinnon, Head of Facilities, Waste and Grounds Services at South Lanarkshire Council said: “The fly tipping was reported to us on Monday, January 31.

“The entrance to Morgan Glen at Asda Larkhall is on privately owned land.

“This is not the first time that we have been made aware of such an incident. A previous investigation by our staff found that similar material seemed to have originated from bags left to the side and behind the charity clothes collection bins at Asda.

“We will again be in touch with the owner of the land to arrange for removal of the material.

“Fly tipping is the result of unacceptable behavior and illegal action by a small number of people who do not dispose of their waste in a fit and proper manner.

“We would urge everyone to report Fly tipping online.”

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