Residents clear litter from A75

RESIDENTS of Newton Stewart have been praised by a councillor for their efforts in clearing up a stretch of busy road which was piled high with litter and overgrowth.

Mandy Marshall and her family took to the A75 with bin bags once Amey had cut back the overgrown verges alongside the play park at St Couan’s Place and Georgewell Drive, opposite Newton Stewart Hospital and collected two wheelie bins full of litter. Mrs Marshall’s son also finished the overgrowth clearing with a chainsaw.

And Mid Galloway councillor Alistair Geddes said the volunteers deserved “full credit” for their hard work but added that it shouldn’t have fallen on them to undertake it.

Mrs Marshall told Cree Valley Community Councillors on Monday: “Once we had cut back the foliage the litter was just disgusting. A Fruit Shoot bottle, when thrown from a car, doesn’t just sit at the top of long grass. Everything was gathered at the bottom and we collected two wheelie bin bags full of it. Some of it wasn’t pleasant either - bags with dog muck in them and all sorts.”

Mrs Marshall had told the council at last month’s meeting that rats had been spotted at the play park and enviornmental health had been called in and had dealt with the problem well, although a left-over rodent box had been found during the clear-up.

Since, she has been advised that play equipment may be available to replace the old set currently in the park and also that a litter bin may be put in place along with a fence.

Mr Geddes added: “I would commend Mrs Marshall for her actions but it’s not on that Amey left it and did not deal with it as they should have.

“I would seek assurances from Amey that they will clear the stretch regularly.”