Health hazard claims from furious residents as fly-tippers strike in Bainsford

Bainsford residents say ongoing flytipping has got to such a point it could be causing a health hazard.

Eyesore rubbish dumped in Bainsford (Pic: Michael Gillen)

Despite constant clean-ups by council staff - and a camera being installed - the situation in Waggon Road doesn't seem to be getting better.

Falkirk Council staff have cleared the lane - which runs between Bainsford's Main Street and Philip Street - several times, but the rubbish just keeps piling up.

Now Philip Street resident Richard Mackintosh says that he and many of his neighbours are at their wits' end about the mess - and something has to be done about it.

A mattress is left dumped at the side of the road (Pic: Michael Gillen)

"It has gone on for far too long - it really is an absolute mess and I think it is becoming a health hazard," said Mr Mackintosh.

Black bags piled the height of a car, old white goods, broken toys and old mattresses are just some of the rubbish that regularly appears on the street, no matter how often it is cleaned.

To complicate matters, the road does not belong to the council, having originally been owned by the Carron Company.

Mr Mackintosh believes putting bollards in to restrict access would improve the situation.

Rubbish piled up in Waggon Road, lane parallel to Bainsford Main Street (Pic: Picture Michael Gillen)

He is also pleading with people to consider others and not use the street as a dumping ground - and says it's time that fines were handed out to people caught on camera.

Previously, Falkirk Council's street cleansing department tweeted that it had taken "four men, four hours to clear".

They warned flytippers that a camera has now been put up, and they could be hit with a minimum £200 fixed penalty.

A Falkirk Council spokesperson said: "The Council Enforcement team has been working with colleagues from Housing to establish a long term solution to what is an ongoing problem in this area.

"A mobile CCTV camera has been installed, to assist in deterring and identifying flytipping offenders.

"The area is also subject to routine patrols by enforcement officers as well as housing officers and community wardens, again to minimise the occurrence of littering and flying tipping.

"The area has been cleared on a number of occasions, as work is ongoing to address the current issues."

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