Litter bit of help needed to stop louts

Charles Kennedy angry at people throwing things rubbish out window'Photo Emma Mitchell
Charles Kennedy angry at people throwing things rubbish out window'Photo Emma Mitchell

COUNTRY roads and grass verges are being clogged with litter in Lennoxtown and Milton of Campsie claims a concerned councillor.

Charles Kennedy says it’s a major problem and has called on the council and the police to take action.

The Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor has highlighted roads in the Milton of Campsie, Birdston, Auchenreoch, Lennoxtown and Torrance areas as litter hotspots.

Councillor Kennedy said: “There is litter everywhere and of every conceivable type. There can be no doubt that people walking between the various villages, on some occasions, are dropping litter, but a lot of it seems to be coming from people driving through the area and simple opening car windows and throwing out cartons and other rubbish.”

Councillor Kennedy is concerned that the litter is giving visitors to the area the wrong impression.

He said: “A lot of toursits use these roads - what an advert for East Dunbartonshire. I am looking for the council to carry out a one-off clean up and then to introduce a six weekly cleaning regime.

“I would also like Strathclyde Police to spend a bit more time in trying to identify those responsible and issue on the spot fines.

“This situation simply cannot go on.”

Derek Cunningham, the council’s director of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “The council provides a comprehensive litter collection service across the locality and has not reduced the resource level of cleansing on countryside and country roads. We would encourage everyone to dispose of their litter responsibly and to help keep our local environment tidy and litter free.”

Police Inspector Donald Leitch said: “Local officers regularly issue on the spot fines for relevant offences and we also work in partnership with the council to resolve issues that are of concern to the public, anti-social behaviour being one of the most prevalent.”

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