North Lanarkshire’s Rubbish

The end of ROW SM17 & SM18 at Mountcow

The end of ROW SM17 & SM18 at Mountcow

The Christmas season usually sees an upsurge in fly-tipping, but some of the most recent cases I’ve seen were just before the festive season. Fly tippers are either becoming more brazen and seem to be going to new lengths to dump their rubbish, and by that I mean they are going off road, into woodland where they are less likely to be observed.

The first picture above is at Mountcow at the end of SM17/SM18 rights of way and is one of the worst cases of roadside dumping I’ve seen for some time. I’ve carried out numerous clean-ups at this site over the years, but this is a job which requires either a lot of manpower or plant equipment to clear away.

The right of way from Clarkston to Airdriehill (SM9) has been plagued by fly tipping at the Airdriehill end for many years, however since the gates have been removed the fly tippers have started driving up to the old Airdriehill House which is in a sorry state now, and completely unsuitable for anyone taking children or dogs due to the sheer volume of broken glass.

Airdriehill SM9

Airdriehill SM9

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Asbestos roofing?

Asbestos roofing?

Caution- Broken Glass!

Caution- Broken Glass!

Were this dumped at the roadside it would of course eventually be cleared by North Lanarkshire Council. Instead it is likely to remain in-situ for years to come.

Annieshill is also faring badly. With the chain removed from the path to allow vehicles access, fly-tippers have ventured further into the woods, with the car park and beyond now the site of repeated visits.

Old double glazing units at Annieshill

Old double glazing units at Annieshill

In the worst cases the main culprits appear to be builders, with much timber, glazing materials and old roofing in evidence.

Many years back North Lanarkshire Council installed signs warning fly-tippers that CCTV was in use. A freedom of information request suggested no such thing was ever deployed. With motion activated CCTV cameras available for under £100, NLC really has to look at installing some at known blackspots for fly-tipping. The savings, financially and environmentally would be considerable.

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Happy New Year

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New Years Day on Sron a’ Chlachain, Killin. In 60 mph+ winds, just the thing to clear away the cobwebs…

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Forrestburn Dawn

Driving back from a nightshift a few weeks back I was waylaid by a stunning inversion as I came of the M8 at Shotts. The view was amazing, normally I associate inversions with high places, but this sea of cloud was breathtaking, and you’ll understand why my journey home was slightly longer that morning…

 

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Forrestburn Dawn

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Pentland Gold

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Turbines in a sea of fog

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On The Road to Recovery: Meall Liath na Doire

Setting off from Rannoch and climbing uphill through the thick, clammy pine trees I quickly realised that perhaps I had overestimated my abilities and my progress was not glacial, but I was well below where I used to be. My confidence was returning though, having viewed camping as off-limits for so long it was incredibly enjoyable just to be out on the hills.

Full Article : On The Road to Recovery: Meall Liath na Doire

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Moon 360 Cycle Light

With the dark winter nights approaching, now’s the time to make sure your lights are up to the job. Visibility is vital to safe winter cycling.

The Moon 360 Cycle Light is an outstanding aid to the all-waether cyclist. Full review below…

Source: Moon 360 Cycle Light

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SNP Break Commitment to Protect Our Wild Land

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Article from The National, 29/10/16

In July 2014 I commented in THIS post that if the Scottish Government allowed the Talladh a Bheithe windfarm to go ahead it would signal it’s failure to abide by the Scottish Wild land Map which it had signed up to protect.

A little over two years later and the Scottish Government have indeed broken that commitment, by authorising the Creag Riabach windfarm in Wild Land Area 37.

I wish I could say I’m surprised, but sadly I’m not. There is more to environmentalism than throwing up turbines. Sadly the SNP Scottish Government have failed to grasp that one simple point.

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Aladdin Insulated Mug

Twenty years ago you couldn’t move for Aladdin insulated mugs. They were ubiquitous. If you went into a petrol station or outdoor store they were on sale. Made of lightweight plastic and foam…

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