Fury over lack of action at travellers’ site

Lennoxtown Traveller's Site. Councillor Dempsey and Campsie Community Council Chairperson David Carlin complaining about fly-tipping 4.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Lennoxtown Traveller's Site. Councillor Dempsey and Campsie Community Council Chairperson David Carlin complaining about fly-tipping 4.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

ONE of the most picturesque travellers’ sites in Scotland has become a haven for fly-tippers.

The site, on Bluebell Way, Lennoxtown, was trashed by vandals last year and is currently piled with household waste - raising fears of a vermin infestation.

Now Campsie Community Council and councillors John Dempsey and Charles Kennedy have called for action.

A spokesperson for Campsie Community Council said: “The council came out and cleared it up, but within a fortnight or so it was as bad as ever.

“They had a padlock on the gate, but it was broken off. Something needs to be done.

“We should never have had this here - it would have been a lovely site for a holiday park or housing.” Councillor John Dempsey said: “If anyone sees anybody fly-tippng on this site all they need to do is contact the police with the registration number of the vehicle.

“Clearing up this debris and litter is costing the council, and therefore the tax payers, thousands of pounds.”

Councillor Charles Kennedy said: “This is an appalling situation and one which is completely out of control.

“Clearly, steps have to be taken to clean this up and at the same time keep it in an orderly state.”

Kenny Simpson, head of housing and community services, said: “The housing service is arranging for the site to be cleared shortly and consideration is being given to any additional security measures that may be effective.

“Discussions have also taken place with our environmental health team and we are liaising with the police. The council’s working group have discussed the future of the site following extensive vandalism and fire raising last year.

“They realise that we have a duty of reprovision for a reduced number of pitches at this location and following contact with our insurers we are now in a position to arrange for replacement of a small number of pitches at the same location”.

CONCERNED: Councillor John Dempsey and community council chairman David Carlin are pictured at the site.