Mountains of discarded garbage photographed at Fife hotspot
Local residents ranted over mountains of trash dumped at a former gasworks dubbed Fife’s biggest illegal dump
Car tires, household waste, commercial and construction waste ravaged Westfield Energy Park for over a year.
Tired local residents have now called for CCTV to be installed to catch those responsible.
The Courier reported in May last year how the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) opened a criminal investigation into the case.
Despite this, locals say the flipping of the flies has persisted continuously and shows no signs of stopping.
Recent photos, taken earlier this week, have shown the scale of the problem.
In addition to household waste, furniture and household appliances can also be seen in the park.
Local man Andrew Dunlop said he even considered organizing a jump to clean up the area alongside other community volunteers.
Asked what he thought was necessary, Andrew said: ‘What I would like to see happen in the area is for the place to be cleaned up and cameras and a metal fence to be placed around the area as there is there is only a small one at the entrance. . “
The fences previously installed on the site have been repeatedly demolished by people accessing the site.
Another concerned local said one of the photos appeared to be material from a roof, which they said may contain asbestos.
A third person added, “I walk past this everyday and you see more shit thrown out there every day.
“It won’t be difficult to surprise people doing it! Just sit there in the dark most nights.
Responding to the images, a SEPA spokesperson said: “The dumping of flies is not only unsightly but, depending on the nature of the waste, it can also be hazardous to health and cause damage to the environment.
“As Scotland’s environmental regulator, SEPA is clear that compliance is non-negotiable and that tackling illegal waste management activities is one of our top priorities.
“SEPA is conducting an ongoing investigation into the tipping of flies in Westfield.
“We encourage anyone who witnesses any aerial tipping incident to report it immediately via Dumb Dumpers. website, or if the incident is ongoing or believed to be of a dangerous nature, report the incident using our 24 hour online form. “
Penalties for fly tips
The Fife Council said it is aware of the problem and is working to help SEPA.
Scottish police said tips were the responsibility of local authorities.
Anyone found guilty of tipping could be fined up to £ 40,000 in Scotland. They could also face up to 12 months in prison.