Pollution plea to clean up River Leven

Paul McGair from Buckhaven who has complained to Fife Council about the state of ground near to the River Leven and the pollution in the river itself.
Paul McGair from Buckhaven who has complained to Fife Council about the state of ground near to the River Leven and the pollution in the river itself.

A Buckhaven resident has questioned Fife Council’s commitment to keeping the River Leven pollution free due to the amount of rubbish there.

Paul McGair told the Mail the situation has become progressively worse over the last few months.

It’s disgusting and wrong and needs to be dealt with

However, Fife Council has said while it has a responsibility to check the river for any obstructions which could lead to flooding, it does not have to clear it of rubbish.

Mr McGair, who regularly walks his dog in the area, reported seeing a number of objects left in the river, including bin bags full of rubbish, shopping trolleys, metal barriers, metal fencing and even cars, which he said has been there for a number of years.

He also noted that the land adjacent to the river was in just as bad a state with fly-tipping a particular problem.

He said: “It appears as if Fife Council don’t give a damn about the state of the River Leven.

“The fact is, people have to pay for a permit to fish in this river, but there is no sign of any of those funds being put back into managing this so- called fishery.

“There are two cars in this river that have been there for nearly 30 years and that’s just a part of the polution that I’m seeing down there.

“It’s disgusting and wrong and needs to be dealt with.”

A spokesman for Fife Council told the Mail that while the council does carry out checks for obstructions which could cause the river to flood, it is up to the individual land owners whose land the river flows through to keep it clear of rubbish.

Meanwhile, Stewart Grieve from the River Leven Angling Club, which handles permits for the waterway, said any monies from the permits go back to the Crown Estates.

He told the Mail that they have received complaints from members about river pollution and wanted to do all they could to help the situation, but could not clear things like cars and fallen trees because they simply did not have the man power or funds.