Fly-tipping frustrations in Cousland

Cousland Spring Clean 2015, locals (including Gordon Brown in the black hat)taking part
Cousland Spring Clean 2015, locals (including Gordon Brown in the black hat)taking part

Locals in Cousland who have just had their annual spring clean of the area, are up in arms that people continue to fly-tip around the village.

Local resident Gordon Brown was one of around 20 volunteers who collected tyres, household objects and other materials around Cousland, only to discover more rubbish dumped soon after.

He said: “As a community we live with this on a day to day basis”, he said.

“Through working with the community council and other organisations we want to get something done. It’s something I’m prepared to put physical effort into.

“Year on year it just saddens me that I and other villagers make such an effort, but we have those efforts thwarted by selfish people fly-tipping.

“I suppose it is a problem because people are being paid to take people’s rubbish and rather than paying to put it in an official dump they just fly-tip and pocket the money.”

A council spokesman said: “We’re very disappointed to hear the fly-tipping is continuing in Cousland after local people worked so hard to clear the area. It appears to be people carrying out house clearance, removals, gardening or building work and then failing to dispose of the waste correctly. Anyone who removes waste has a legal responsibility to dispose of it at a licensed waste facility. We ask local residents to be suspicious of cold-callers offering to undertake work for cash. They should be able to provide evidence that they are a registered waste carrier and provide a receipt or waste transfer note.”

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