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Residents call for CCTV to end fly-tipping on Inverness street


By Louise Glen


Mackay Rd fly-tipping..Christine Graham standing under the 'No fly tipping' sign on Mackay Road..Picture: James MacKenzie..
Mackay Rd fly-tipping..Christine Graham standing under the 'No fly tipping' sign on Mackay Road..Picture: James MacKenzie..

Residents on a street in Inverness are determined to hit back against fly-tippers.

Families living on MacKay Road are demanding CCTV is installed to put an end to years of goods being dumped around their homes.

They say the street, in Hilton, has been plagued with instances of people throwing away items such as couches, beds, old mattresses, electrical equipment and furniture.

They are now demanding that Highland Council installs surveillance equipment to put a stop to fly-tipping once and for all.

One of the residents, Christine Graham, said she was annoyed at both the dumpers and the council which, she says, is doing nothing about it.

Mackay Rd fly-tipping..A pushchair dumped next to Mackay Road..Picture: James MacKenzie..
Mackay Rd fly-tipping..A pushchair dumped next to Mackay Road..Picture: James MacKenzie..

Mrs Graham said: "I’m sick of Highland Council not addressing it or putting measures in place to prevent it.

"The whole garage area is a slum. It dates back to when the workmen were doing long term work at Cauldeen Primary. We’ve had representatives from the council up to look at it last year. They agreed something had to be done and had some ideas but said it would take a while to put them in place. But how long are we expected to wait?

"We’d like CCTV in place to monitor who is doing the fly-tipping."

She continued: "We often feel like we’re banging our heads against a brick wall. The majority of us residents take pride in our neighbourhood but as usual it’s the odd few who’re ruining it for us all."

A Highland Council spokeswoman said: "We are not aware of any plans to introduce additional CCTV facilities other than those already forming part of the CCTV partnership with Police Scotland.

Mackay Rd fly-tipping..Black bags at the side of Mackay Road. Cauldeen Primary School is visible in the background..Picture: James MacKenzie..
Mackay Rd fly-tipping..Black bags at the side of Mackay Road. Cauldeen Primary School is visible in the background..Picture: James MacKenzie..

“Anyone who witnesses or finds fly-tipping can report it to Highland Council by phoning the Service Centre 01349 886603 or by using the 24/7 online reporting form at www.highland.gov.uk/report. Fly-tipping can also be reported to Dumb Dumpers at Zero Waste Scotland at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/DumbDumpers.

“Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. The council provides 21 recycling centres and 213 recycling banks and across the Highlands. We also work with social enterprise groups which help deliver recycling services and organisations which help promote waste prevention.

“Where fly-tipping is on private land the council will investigate but we do not remove items from private land.

“We can issue fines from £200 to £20,000 or the offender can receive six months in prison , and up to five years if hazardous waste is dumped.

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