Weekend skips would cure fly-tipping problem

THE problem of fly-tipping in the Newton Stewart area could easily be solved by the council siting skips at their depot over the weekend, suggests one Newton Stewart resident.

The Galloway Gazette’s front page recently carried a picture of a fly-tipping eyesore on the formerly picturesque edge of the golf course in Minnigaff, and near to the primary school and adjacent houses.

At present the nearest household waste recycling centre is near Whithorn but the council plans to open one next to their Barnkirk Road Depot on the outskirts of Newton Stewart if funding can be found.

Ernest Oxenham, of King Street in Newton Stewart, contacted the Gazette to say that he had written to the council in October about 
the problem and suggested his answer to it.

He said: “I wrote to DG First suggesting that it might be a good idea if skips could be sited at the Barnkirk Depot on a weekend basis to allow the residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted goods without a trip to Whithorn.

“This would stop the unauthorised dumping of rubbish.

“The response to my letter was very negative and it seemed DG First was putting obstacles in the way rather than trying to assist local residents. The longer we have to wait for a solution the problem of dumping, it will only continue.”

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was also concerned about fly-tipping.

A spokesman for the organ­isation said: “SEPA is aware of concerns over fly-tipping at the Racegreen Avenue site in Minnigaff. SEPA will be contacting the landowner in order to secure the site from further fly-tipping and, in the longer term, to ensure the waste is removed.”

Further fly-tipping in Holmpark Industrial Estate in Minnigaff was discussed at a recent Monday night meeting of the Cree Valley Community Council with alleged reports of rats being sighted in the vicinity.

The council has planning permission for a new household waste recycling centre adjacent to Barnkirk and a report will be presented to the planning, housing and environment services committee next month.