Bid to clean up Fife village fly-tipping spot

Fife Council is taking action, after complaints of fly-tipping in Leslie.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 9:18 am
Dumping in Leslie.

A derelict site on Murray Place, the location of the former picture house, has become a popular site for fly-tipping, with white goods and household objects being left there.

The situation was brought to the council’s attention after a Jeep 4x4 was also abandoned at the site.

"The land has been like this for around 10 years,” explained Craig Noble, whose mum lives near the site.

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"The building was demolished and it’s been left in this state. It’s a bit of a nightmare. It’s gotten worse over the last year."

Craig said Fife Council had been productive in getting to the root of the problem, while he also received assistance from local MSP Jenny Gilruth.

There had been plans to develop the land, however, these have fallen through and the site remains derelict.

"It’s become a bit of an eyesore,” said Craig.

"There’s mattresses and a car – those are the main things. There are white goods, a weight machine, household goods.

"My concern is that kids are mucking about around there and it could be dangerous. It has progressively gotten worse over the years and we just want something to be done about it.

"A guy at Fife Council has helped me. I’ve also been in touch with Jenny Gilruth and she has helped me quite a bit, trying to get to the bottom of it.”

Kirstie Freeman, team manager for Safer Communities, said: "We are aware of this issue and are taking action to deal with it.

"There's no excuse for fly-tipping, which is a blatant disregard of the law and of our outdoor environment. No one wants to see rubbish dumped, and it has a direct impact on the condition of our roads, parks, wildlife and communities.

"Our recycling centres are open and we would urge people to make use of these facilities and dispose of recyclable waste responsibly.

"Please also check that anyone you ask to take your waste away is properly registered to do so. Businesses have a legal duty to dispose of their waste responsibly.

"Help keep Fife a great place to live, work and visit. Report fly-tipping by filling out the form at www.fife.gov.uk/flytipping and we'll take the appropriate action."