‘Litter’ tag for Midlothian tributes

GOWKLEY MOSS ROUNDABOUT, north of Penicuik: Various roadside tributes follow fatal road accidents. Community council says it's tantamount to litter.

GOWKLEY MOSS ROUNDABOUT, north of Penicuik: Various roadside tributes follow fatal road accidents. Community council says it's tantamount to litter.

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Roadside tributes to people who have died in crashes have been dubbed “tantamount to litter”.

Derek Cosens, chairman of Penicuik Community Council, made his remark during a debate on the proliferation of flowers and football tops near Gowkley Moss roundabout.

Community councillors are calling for a time limit on such tributes.

There are currently three roadside memorials, with a variety of tributes to young men who have died on this stretch of the A701.

Discussing the sensitive issue last week, Mr Cosens agreed it was a “difficult” topic.

Treasurer Andy Gardner said the tributes created their own hazard acting as a distraction to passing motorists. “It is dangerous having them at the side of the road.”

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