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Fly-tipping at Balbithan Woods by Kintore sparks outrage

By Lewis McBlane

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AN "absolutely appalling" pile of fly-tipped rubbish has been found at Balbithan Woods, near Kintore.

The waste left at Balbithan woods included roofing sheets and black bags.
The waste left at Balbithan woods included roofing sheets and black bags.

The waste, made up of large corrugated roofing sheets and building waste in black bags, was first spotted on Saturday, July 23.

Scottish Conservative MSP for Aberdeenshire West Alexander Burnett said: “It’s absolutely appalling that someone would use Balbithan Woods as a dumping ground for fly-tipping.

“We have seen several disgraceful incidents like this across Aberdeenshire so far this summer and we must take a stand against those who believe this behaviour is acceptable.

“Fly-tipping is a scourge on our beautiful landscape which is being blighted by these selfish and irresponsible instances of dumping."

People convicted of flytipping could be fined up to £40,000 and could be imprisoned for up to a year.

Aberdeenshire Council agreed a new strategy to help tackle fly tipping in May this year.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: "Not only does fly-tipping spoil our enjoyment of our countryside, it poses a very serious threat to people, livestock and the wider environment.

"There is absolutely no excuse for fly-tipping – it is simply a blatant disregard for the rules, vital safety regulations and, in the case of some organised offenders, an opportunity for economic gain."

"You should always report fly-tipping, whether you know who dumped it or not, so it can be removed.

"If you own the land where waste has been dumped, it's up to you to get rid of the mess legally but Aberdeenshire Council may still wish to investigate so you should contact them."

To report fly-tipping in Aberdeenshire, call Aberdeenshire Council's Wasteline on 03456 081207.

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