Grangemouth shops are hit by latest fly infestation

The Earl of Zetland has been affected
The Earl of Zetland has been affected

Businesses big and small are bearing the brunt of an airborne assault that could lead to customers taking their trade elsewhere.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is currently monitoring a licensed waste storage site in Grangemouth Docks operated by Dow Waste Management which is believed to be the source of the town’s latest fly infestation.

The problem is so bad Asda superstore, located near the docks, has been forced to temporarily close its cafe.

A spokesman said: “There has been an issue with flies around the town and we have been putting measures in place to minimise the issue and inconvenience to customers and colleagues.

“Food hygiene is of the utmost importance to us and we have been working with the Environmental Health Office, which is happy with the steps we are taking.”

The Earl of Zetland, a few hundred yards away on Bo’ness Road, has also been affected.

A spokesman for owners JD Wetherspoon said: “The Earl of Zetland pub is one of many businesses and homes experiencing problems with the large numbers of flies currently in Grangemouth.

“The situation was particularly bad over the weekend and pest control experts have been to the pub to treat different areas. We welcome any measures that can be put in place to address this issue, which is affecting so many people in the community.”

Grangemouth Councillor Joan Paterson joined Falkirk Council leader Craig Martin and chief executive Mary Pitcaithly to meet with SEPA representatives as The Falkirk Herald went to press yesterday (Wednesday).

Councillor Paterson said: “The fly infestation in Grangemouth is the only item on the agenda. We want answers on why this problem has been allowed to go on so long.”