Liberal Democrats demand action on flytipping

Local Liberal Democrats have demanded strong and concerted action on the problems of flytipping, litter and dog fouling. The call came after figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats under Freedom of Information requests revealed that only a tint proportion of flytipping offenders were ever prosecuted.

Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Robert Brown said:

“There is no excuse for flytipping - it fouls up some local areas just because people are too selfish to dispose of rubbish properly. The Eastfield Waste Disposal Centre has been open throughout most of the pandemic.

It may be necessary for the Scottish Government to increase the powers available to provide a speedier substantial penalty for flytipping because the courts currently have considerable backlog after the pandemic.

I am sure most people would agree that the problems of litter, flytipping and dog fouling have all got worse during the lockdown. I have suggested that the Council should look at a concentrated campaign later in the spring, once Covid restrictions ease, to get on top of the issue again. 

It is important to harness the local Community Councils and other community groups, both formal and informal, on this. There is scope for litter picking initiatives in local areas and for the use of the Community Payback Teams.”

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