Public gathers to get answers to Grangemouth fly menace

Residents staged a demonstration at Oran in July to highlight the infestation problem
Residents staged a demonstration at Oran in July to highlight the infestation problem
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Residents will have the chance to make their views known on the fly problems that have brought misery to Grangemouth.

A public meeting has been organised by Councillor Joan Paterson which Scottish Environmental Protection Agency officials are expected to attend.

People have been complaining for the last three years about fly infestations in their homes.

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The problem is particularly bad in the area around Abbotsinch Industrial Estate where Oran Environmental Solutions has its recycling centre.

SEPA has been forced to carry out enforcement action on a number of occasions to ensure it complied with its operating licence.

But locals became so incensed by the problem at the end of July they held a protest at the recycling facility to make their feelings known.

In recent weeks there was a further fly issue which was traced back to a site at Grangemouth Docks operated by Dow Waste Management, but this is now believed to have been dealt with.

Announcing the public meeting, to be held at Oswald Avenue Day Centre on Thursday, September 12, at 6.30 p.m., Councillor Paterson said she hoped people would get answers to their concerns.

She said: “I was beginning to despair that SEPA were not using all the tools at their disposal, but after a meeting with them last week, I am quietly optimistic.

“I hope it isn’t just a tea and sympathy meeting, but one which will allow us to move forward to deal with this.”