Fly-tipping issues piling up

Labour's council candidate for Midlothian East, John Hackett, is calling for action on fly-tipping in rural communities across the county.

Thursday, 9th March 2017, 10:29 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:12 am
Scottish Labours Candidate for Midlothian East, pictured near Camp Wood, Mayfield.

Midlothian’s beautiful countryside continues to be blighted by illegally dumped waste, with regular hot spots including Camp Wood near Mayfield and Soutra Aisle near Pathhead. This has led council hopeful John Hacket to call for action to be taken.

He said: “Like many people living in Midlothian, I enjoy spending time in our local countryside with my family.

“Sadly our views are often blighted by the sight of fly-tipping and littering in many areas. It can be very dangerous for children and family pets, with broken bottles and other hazardous waste.

“From speaking to local residents and thanks to the work of the Midlothian Advertiser, I know people want action from our council on fly -tipping in the community.

“During my campaigning in the ward, I have seen some excellent examples of residents doing their bit and volunteering to keep their local area clean and safe.

“Unfortunately the problem is just too big to tackle on their own.

“The only way we can really solve the problem of fly tipping and littering is by the council, Police Scotland and other public agencies working closely together with local people.

“I believe local councillors play a key role in bringing people together and this is what I will do if elected in May.”