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Highland councillor claims fly-tipping is a growing problem in Inverness during Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown


By Louise Glen

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Fly tipping in Milton of Leys.
Fly tipping in Milton of Leys.

An increase in the numbers of people fly-tipping in Inverness is causing an environmental nightmare as well as an eyesore for residents, a councillor has claimed.

Inverness South member Duncan Macpherson also warned that anyone found responsible for dumping rubbish can expect a large fine.

He said locals in the Milton of Leys area of Inverness have been noting the registration numbers of cars and trailers using a back road in the area.

Fly tipping in Milton of Leys.
Fly tipping in Milton of Leys.

Cllr Macpherson said: "Recently there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of fly-tipping in the rural Highland areas.

"I was disappointed to witness this at Balvonie Braes in Milton of Leys.

"Local residents have reported cars with trailers and vans on this road, with the sole purpose of dumping their rubbish. In some cases, registration numbers have been noted and handed over to the authorities."

He continued: "A new gate has been erected on the roadby Compass Construction, to prevent further instances of this disgraceful behaviour and the vandalism of our countryside.

Fly tipping in Milton of Leys.
Fly tipping in Milton of Leys.

"These irresponsible people have to learn and understand that towns and cities no longer have public dumps – we have recycling centres, as every part of household waste and industrial waste has to be recycled.

Councillor Duncan Macpherson.
Councillor Duncan Macpherson.

"People need to hold onto their waste and put into the recycling centres as soon as they reopen.

"The more waste that cannot be recycled and that goes to landfill causes councils to be charged a penalty in tax from the Scottish Government, for every tonne that can’t be recycled – this simply adds to every household’s council tax.

Fly tipping in Milton of Leys.
Fly tipping in Milton of Leys.

"Anyone caught fly-tipping is liable for a fine of £200 and a criminal record.

"Fly-tipping can have serious consequences for the environment, livestock and landowners."

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