Mar 9 2011 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
A MOUNTAIN of rubbish in the centre of Cornton has sparked a political spat.
Stirling MP Anne McGuire and Labour’s Scottish Parliamentary candidate John Hendry say they were “disgusted” to see the mound of black bags and filth heaped in the centre of the estate while out doing election work.
And they criticised Stirling Council’s SNP administration and Tory group for “continuing to get it wrong” about priorities for keeping open spaces and housing areas in Stirling clean and safe.
John, who is also a local councillor for the area, said he asked the council to have the mess cleared after he was made aware of the problem by Cornton Community Council and local residents.
He also reported the problem to the council’s housing and environment services and was told it had been attended to.
However, he was “astonished” to discover a pile of rubbish still there during his visit.
Anne said: “I understand from speaking to local people that this situation has been ongoing for weeks, despite efforts by local residents, the community council and John Hendry to have the mountain of rubbish removed.
“It is a scandal that Stirling Council cannot put a greater priority on protecting public health, especially young children who could be contaminated by dog excrement.”
John added: “This is the third time in recent weeks that a major issue has arisen concerning the failure of the SNP and Tory supported council to collect rubbish bags and debris concentrated in particular parts of Stirling.
“The Cornton problem is made worse by the fact that the open area now forms a play park and the mess is a health hazard to anyone coming into contact with it.
“What makes this case even worse is the amount of dog fouling strewn through the mountain of rubbish.
“The local people deserve a better service than this before the SNP council cuts go any further.”
The council’s environment portfolio holder Councillor Jim Thomson, however, said efforts had been ongoing to clear the problem – and he encouraged locals to report those responsible for dumping the rubbish in the first place.
He said: “It saddens me that the MP for Stirling has made no contact with me whatsoever about this ongoing nuisance. Had she done so she would have been made aware of the actions taken by the council.
“Stirling Council has already removed illegally dumped material from this location and is scheduled to do so yet again.
“Fly tipping is a persistent problem for councils throughout Scotland and costs taxpayers more than £11 million every year to clear up.
“Stirling Council needs help from the public to combat this irresponsible behaviour and I’d urge anyone who witnessed dumping of this waste to get in touch with our enforcement officers.
“Anyone found guilty of fly tipping faces maximum fines of up to £20,000, six months in prison or both.
“If any of your readers can identify an incident of illegal dumping, such as piles of grass cuttings, fridges, mattresses or piles of demolition waste, they can report it to the Dumb Dumpers Stop line 08452 30 40 90, Stirling Council on 0845 277 7000, or their local police.”