Partnership working stops fly tipping in Galston

The Corporate Enforcement Unit (CEU) and Waste Management Services joined forces recently to stop fly tipping at the old Co-op site in Galston.

A Galston resident had witnessed an individual fly tipping at this site on a regular basis and provided information to the Council that allowed the team to start an investigation.

The CEU headed to the site quickly hoping to record and recover any remaining evidence but all that remained was soil. There was no evidence to identify the offender at the site.

Thinking outside of the box, the team contacted Waste Management Services and in an incredible stroke of luck, CCTV on a Council recycling vehicle had clearly captured the van registration and the driver at the time when the offence occurred.

The footage allowed the team to successfully identify the offender and issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200, which has now been paid.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member for Older People and Community Safety said: “The Corporate Enforcement Unit joined forces with Waste Management Services in a bid to identify an offender who was choosing to regularly fly tip within Galston.

“It wasn’t an easy task but Waste Management Services managed to piece together CCTV footage which allowed the CEU to issue a £200 fine to the individual.

“Fly tipping is the scourge of our countryside the length and breadth of Scotland. In East Ayrshire, we are taking a strong line against offenders who choose to fly tip waste. We will use all powers at our disposal to ensure that people get the message, if you choose to fly tip expect a fine in return.

“We are determined to make East Ayrshire Clean, Green and Vibrant.”

Councillor Elena Whitham, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “This is more good news for Galston, we’re in the middle of a massive programme of regeneration and redevelopment work in the town, with many local businesses and building owners benefitting from Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme funding to help restore their properties.

“We’re all working hard together to improve life, work and leisure in Galston, so it’s important that we deal with those who blight our streets and countryside. We’re indebted to the public for their vigilance which has led to this action. This result proves that we can all take part in improving our local environment.”

Details of the works in Galston, including free bus services, regular entertainment and a timeline for construction can be found at the Galston Town Centre Redevelopment page on the East Ayrshire Council website.