Cousland villagers seek fly-tipping fix

Cousland Village Hall chairman Dougie McKenzie at one of the sites where rubbish is regularly dumped
Cousland Village Hall chairman Dougie McKenzie at one of the sites where rubbish is regularly dumped

Residents in Cousland are looking at ways to tackle the ongoing issue of unwanted items being dumped around the village.

Household items such as sinks, furniture and mattresses have been dumped by the side of Cousland Road and Airfield Road, with one load dumped in the middle of the road.

Dougie McKenzie (66), chairman of the Temple Village Hall Association (TVHA), revealed that his group are seeking a solution. He said: “Once we found a builder’s card in with a pile of dumped stuff, but all the police could do was warn them. Unless they are actually caught in the act then they get away with it.

“We are going to try to approach the council to discuss the matter, to see what can be done about it. We don’t know if CCTV could be put up.”

Midlothian Council said: “Where there is enough evidence to identify the person who carried out the illegal dumping, they can be issued with a fixed penalty, and where appropriate, prosecuted. Members of the public with information on fly-tipping should contact either 0131 561 5284 or the Dumb Dumpers Stop Line on 0845 230 4090.”

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