THE unsightly nuisance of fly-tipping has raised its ugly head in Rothesay once again this week.
Reader Alison Cross, who lives in Minister’s Brae, has sent us pictures of several large items which have been dumped on a path next to her home – a TV, a washing machine, two sofas and a sofa bed – in the last couple of weeks.
It’s not the first time fly-tippers have targeted the area in question, which lies in the grounds of nearby Hewison House.
“The washing machine arrived in the last couple of days,” Alison told us on Sunday, “and the telly was a few days before that.
“I’ve spoken to the council, who contacted ACHA on my behalf to see if any of the stuff was on their land, but it wasn’t.
“The council said we’d need to pay to have the stuff uplifted. It used to be free many moons ago, which was very civilised.
“Now you need to pay for it. So people would far rather get rid of things when it suits them, and that means getting a couple of pals and dumping it.
“What gets my goat is that the men who do the council uplifts are on a salary anyway, so why not just come in and uplift the stuff?
“How much does Argyll and Bute bring in for domestic uplifts for the island? How much do they spend clearing up fly-tipping that would otherwise have been taken as a domestic uplift?
“I do not have a problem with anyone who lives in Hewison House. They have tried to put up fences to keep people from using it as a path, but to no avail – the fences were just ruined.
“It’s a really nice little path, albeit technically through someone’s garden, and it’s utterly ruined by this tipping. I can see it from the front and back of my house and it really gets you down.”
A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council said: “Fly tipping is not a major problem on Bute, although there are fly tipping incidents from time to time, as there are across Argyll and Bute.
“The situation is that all landowners are responsible for clearing dumped waste from their own land. If the fly tipping occurs on council-owned land, the council will remove it. If it occurs on privately owned land, it is the landowner’s responsibility to remove it.
“Private landowners have the option to request a special uplift from the council, for which there is a charge.”