A BURNTISLAND resident has raised concerns that fly-tipping may be on the increase in the town.
Doreen Knight is dismayed at the amount of rubbish, including roofing materials, chairs, and refuse sacks, which has been dumped behind a shed owned by Forth Ports at the East Dock.
And Mrs Knight says that not only is it a health hazard but she fears that due to a change in the opening hours of recycling centres that the problem may grow.
“This has been here for at least two weeks, the black plastic sacks probably longer,” she said.
“The area is used by people walking, some with their dogs, and also fishermen who fish from the breakwater just in front of the rubbish.
Apart from being concerned about fly-tipping, I do not know how old the roofing material is. It could contain asbestos, so it’s a health hazard if it does.”
Mrs Knight says the cut in opening hours to Fife Council’s Recycling Centres could be partly to blame.
She said: “I fear there may be a lot more of this, since these opening hours do not suit the building trade and also white goods suppliers - most of whom uplift the old appliances.
‘‘I also think it is unfair as some of these businesses pay up to £500 a year to the council to use them.
Councillor George Kay said: “Mrs Knight contacted me regarding this problem and I contacted Forth Ports as it is their property. Fife Council would be guilty of trespass if they went onto this land.
“Fiona Docherty, the port manager expressed her disappointment and commitment to tidying up the area around the shed.”
Councillor Kay also rejected Mrs Knight’s suggestion that the rubbish could have been dumped because of the changes to recycling centre opening times.
“If you look at the nature of the material it could have easily been taken to a recycling centre at any time,” he said.
A spokesman for Forth Ports said: “We are aware of the issue at Burntisland and we will endeavour to maintain the site at the Port.”