Council promises action on mess

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Angus Council have promised a long term solution to an Arbroath residential area blighted by litter.

Residents of Fraser Path have had to contend with all manner of issues with rubbish, from refuse collection to broken glass, fly-tipping and dog fouling.

Reader Gemma Dodds contacted the Herald to highlight the problem. She said: “I’m getting sick fed up of the rubbish being dumped in our communal area. I’ve been on the ‘phone to the council about it and nothing is getting done.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous, there’s glass on the road and I’ve had a couple of punctures. All the seagulls are getting into them and we’re going to get rats.”

Since contacting us Angus Council has made a start on cleaning up Fraser Path, but according to Gemma there are still issues with the fly-tippers and their food waste bin has gone four weeks without collection. A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “While this latest issue was addressed earlier this week, our waste management and housing colleagues are working to try and find a longer-term solution to helping residents of Fraser Path to manage their waste.

“We have seen positive changes by trying to maximise the volume of recycling at Fraser Path and other areas, through regular communication with householders and other means.

“General waste can overflow on occasion and we are looking to address this. Bin capacity is suitable for the numbers of residents at Fraser Path and, while flytipping might be a factor, we would encourage residents to make every effort to recycle and not simply use the general waste bins.

“It is a situation that we will continue to monitor closely.

“Flytipping is a crime and we would ask people to report any incident of flytipping they see to us by using our online form or by calling ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778.

“Please give us as much information as you can, including the location and a description of what has been dumped. If you can, pass on a description of the person who left the material, or the make and registration details of the vehicle they used.

“We will investigate and remove flytipping on council ground. The landowner is responsible for clearing it when it happens on private ground but we’ll still try to find the culprit.

“We can issue fixed penalty notices of £200 for flytipping and courts can impose a penalty of up to £40,000.

“For large-scale incidents contact the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.”