Grangemouth fly plague update planned

Protest against Oran Environmental Solutions in Grangemouth over ongoing fly  problems
Protest against Oran Environmental Solutions in Grangemouth over ongoing fly problems

Environment chiefs have vowed to put Grangemouth residents in the picture over how they plan to tackle the fly problem hitting the town.

They have also promised to get tough with the company which runs the facility at the centre of the infestation if it doesn’t clean up its act.

Oran Environmental Solutions CEO Tom Gleeson is reportedly attending a public meeting tonight (Thursday) in the town’s Oswald Avenue Day Centre at 6.30 p.m. alongside Scottish Environmental Protection Agency director of operations Calum MacDonald.

Arranged by Councillor Joan Paterson, the meeting is a response to ongoing problems with flies affecting residents and businesses in the area, particularly around Abbotsinch Industrial Estate where Oran has its recycling centre.

It has been a long-standing issue, but this summer’s warm weather has made the situation worse.

But in recent weeks a further fly problem was traced back to a site at Grangemouth Docks operated by Dow Waste Management.

Ian Buchanan, SEPA’s head of operations, said: “Following a meeting with Falkirk Council last week, it was agreed that SEPA would share an updated action plan with the local community to address the issue of flies at Oran’s recycling centre.

“Although extensive enforcement action has already been taken in relation to the Abbotsinch site, it is recognised that flies are still not being controlled to an acceptable level and the action plan is therefore being updated in order to further investigate and address the ongoing compliance issues.

“SEPA is committed to ensuring that the necessary action is taken to tackle this problem and significant enforcement action will be used if improvements are not delivered in the short term.”

A SEPA spokesperson said it had received a number of complaints over the weekend of August 24 and 25 about flies at the Dow facility in the dock area.

They said: “We undertook a number of visits to the site, following which an enforcement notice was served to enhance pest control measures.

“SEPA officers were satisfied that action was being taken to address the issue and subsequent visits confirmed a rapid reduction in the number of flies.”

He said officers would continue to monitor the site and take any action necessary to ensure further compliance.