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.
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.
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.