Buckhaven rubbish amnesty

Cllr John O'Brien and some of the items at Buckhaven's rubbish amnesty.
Cllr John O'Brien and some of the items at Buckhaven's rubbish amnesty.

Two Buckhaven streets were piled high with rubbish last week as Fife Council organised an amnesty in a bid to tackle the problem of illegal dumping.

Many residents of Factory Road and Victoria Road made the most of the opportunity to have belongings they no longer wanted or needed picked up free of charge from the roadside last Wednesday.

Recently furniture as large as beds and wardrobes had been dumped in gardens as residents who weren’t able to transport goods to the dump refused - or simply were not able - to pay the £25 special uplift fee introduced in April 2011 to have them collected.

The move appears to be aimed at providing the streets with a clean slate.

Bill Campbell, area housing team leader for Levenmouth, said: “There has been a long standing littering and illegal dumping issue in this part of Buckhaven.

“We have arranged to increase the number of communal bins that these houses have access to and, as an incentive to use the recycling facilities, we decided to offer a one-off free uplift for the streets.

“Now that extra bins are in place we expect householders to use them appropriately and any future fly tipping will be dealt with through normal procedures.

“Across the Levenmouth area we’re looking for the best solutions for local issues.”

Despite being what many may see as a common sense approach, it has raised the question of whether or not all areas should be treated this way.

Last week in the Mail Methil councillor John O’Brien complained about the state of his town and this week says he wants it to be treated fairly.

“I was astonished to hear about this when I passed this area,” he said.

“I asked the housing manager if they [Fife Council] could uplift rubbish illegally dumped in Whyterose Terrace in Methil and I was told the Council would have to follow procedures and write to the tenants responsible and ask them to pay £25 to have it uplifted.

“My point is that the poorest people can not afford to feed their children so how are they going to afford uplifts.”