Counting cost of fly tipping

Nine tyres dumped at the side of the road on Finavon Hill - do you know who was responsible?
Nine tyres dumped at the side of the road on Finavon Hill - do you know who was responsible?

Landowners in the Aberlemno area are counting the cost of removing rubbish dumped on their land.

For years the problem has been raised at Aberlemno Community Council, with reports of tyres, burned-out cars, builders’ rubble and other rubbish being left at the side of the road by fly tippers.

Last week a Tannadice resident contacted us after discovering nine tyres dumped at the side of the road leading to Finavon Hill.

They were not there on the Monday when she was on the road, but by the Tuesday they had been discarded.

She had noticed a problem in the area previously, with two tyres dumped about two weeks ago and parts of a car left abandoned at the side of the road.

Thomas Sampson, chairman of Aberlemno Community Council, has called for tougher Police action to deal with those responsible.

He said the problem of fly tipping was an on-going one in the area, with reports of various items being dumped on farmland for years.

He told the ‘Dispatch and Herald’: “Someone needs to be caught and dealt with to make people think twice about fly tipping.

“The problem is raised often at community council. The problem is not only at Finavon Hill, there are other places in the area affected by it.

“We have had anything from burned-out cars, general household rubbish, household goods, white goods including old fridges and freezers - you would be amazed.

“We also get builders’ rubbish dumped or items from a house being cleared out. Plasterboard is always lying at the side of the road.”

The chairman urged anyone who sees people dumping items on the land to contact the Police in the hope of tracing those responsible.

He continued: “This has gone on for years; I wouldn’t say it is any better or any worse at the moment.

“It is frustrating for the people whose land it is dumped on. It has to be cleared up at the owner’s expense. We have tried to do things in the past and have had the ‘Dumb Dumpers’ scheme but I would really like to see someone caught to make people think.”

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “Fly tipping can be dangerous and harm the environment and can prove costly to clear.

“Angus Council is responsible for investigating and disposing of fly tipping on council ground. Where items are flytipped on private ground the council will try to find the culprit where possible, but the landowner is responsible for clearing away the fly tipping. We would urge the public to report any incidents to our ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.”