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Illegal dumping of rubbish near Kelty is ‘blatant disregard’ of the law

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The pile of rubbish discovered last week by Dunfermline councillor Gordon Pryde appears to be building rubble and he fears it could be a health hazard.

Sharing his concerns on Facebook, he wrote: “Yesterday I came across this horrific pile of illegally dumped rubbish on Cleish Road, near the junction with the road to Kelty. It looks like it may contain asbestos-like material.”

“It is appalling that someone would indiscriminately dispose of such material.”

Councillor Pryde reported the waste to Fife Council’s Safer Communities team.

Team manager Dawn Jamieson said: “There is no excuse for illegal dumping, it represents a blatant disregard for the law and our environment.”

“Nobody wants to see rubbish dumped and this has a direct impact on the condition of our roads, parks, wildlife and communities.

“We would like to call on anyone who witnesses cases of illegal waste disposal to report it immediately and include as much information as possible.

“We are grateful to people in Fife for reporting illegal dumping and urge them to continue to do so using our online form at www.fife.gov.uk/flytipping.”

In this particular case, the waste was dumped on land owned by Forestry and Land Scotland.

Andrew Clark, regional manager of sister services, said: “We are aware of the problem of illegal dumping and it is really unfortunate that some individuals choose to break the law in this way and create a mess for others to clean up.”

“Illegal dumping is anti-social behaviour at its worst. It disfigures any place it occurs, can endanger wildlife, visitors and potentially watercourses, and means we have to divert limited resources – which could be far better spent elsewhere – to clean up the volumes of rubbish.

“We would like to urge anyone who witnesses such activities not to confront anyone but to report it directly to the local authority.”