Lanarkshire councillor calls for crooks responsible for ‘senseless’ fly tipping to be held accountable

A Lanarkshire councilor is calling for a crackdown on fly tipping after bags of clothes were carelessly dumped in his local area.

Earlier this week Lanarkshire Live reported the “eyesore” after a number of Larkhall residents brought it to our attention.

Now, Councilor Richard Nelson is calling for the people responsible to be held accountable.

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He has written to Police Scotland asking that officers look at CCTV around the nearby area in pursuit of those who carried out the “senseless act”.

The shocking fly tipping discovery saw a large amounts of children’s clothes scattered in a wooded area near the town’s Asda.

Many locals expressed their disgust at the act as the items were seen as a waste, which could’ve helped struggling families who may have badly needed them.

The dumping was found to be especially careless as the mess was found only a short walking distance to a recycled clothing bank in the Asda car park.

The fly tipping has been reported to South Lanarkshire Council

Councillor Nelson told Lanarkshire Live he is appalled and hopes more can be done to look after his local ward in South Lanarkshire.

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He told us: “This week I have been notified of fly-tipping at the side of Asda next to the clothing bank.

“To say I was appalled by the mess would be an understatement, and I cannot comprehend why anyone would do such a thing.

“Apart from these clothes, which might have been used to help individuals or families in need are now going to waste, it has also made our community look an eyesore, which cannot be allowed to continue.

“As you may know, various groups around Larkhall have been working tirelessly to obtain funding to help make Larkhall a place where people want to live and work.

“However, senseless acts like this will do nothing to help improve Larkhall’s image and certainly will not encourage people to want to live there.”

Councillor Nelson has since been in touch with the police and on Wednesday he stated: “Today I have written to Police Scotland to ask that CCTV in and around the area be viewed in the hope that the person or persons responsible might be identified and be held accountable for their actions.

“This, however, does nothing to resolve the issues of the pile of rubbish laid bare for all to see.

“Following various discussions with South Lanarkshire Council, I have been advised that they will be removing the rubbish this week.

“After watching Disclosure on BBC One on Monday, it is apparent that there is a considerable problem with fly tipping throughout Scotland and with the gangs behind it.

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“What we need to see now is the Scottish Government taking action on legislation to give more powers to local councils and Police Scotland to tackle this abhorrent practice to ensure that our local communities are kept clean, pleasant and safe for everyone to enjoy and use. “

After South Lanarkshire Council were made aware of the recent act of fly tipping, the matter was actioned for the mess to be cleared.

SLC’s head of facilities, waste and grounds services at the local authority, Alistair McKinnon, told us: “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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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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