Drumchapel fly tipping hotspot plagued by massive tyre dump

RECKLESS fly tippers have left Drumchapel residents in “constant fear” of vandals setting hundreds of dumped tyres alight causing a massive “toxic” blaze.

Dozens of tyres piled on top of one another and masses of litter have taken over vacant land near to Garscadden House and Aldi on Garscadden Road for months.

Now, those living close to the site say they are worried of the potential danger of hazardous fumes which would be released into the atmosphere if the tyres were set alight.

However, residents have claimed pleas for Glasgow City Council to clear the eyesore have fallen on deaf ears after those who reported the issue via the MyGlasgow app were informed the problem had been rectified – only to find the piles of rubbish remained.

Peter McGillion, who reported the mess to the council, said: “I’ve been moaning about this for months and it’s just been getting worse and worse.

“I reported it on the MyGlasgow app and they said they picked it all up but they obviously didn’t because I went to check at the end of last week and it’s just gotten worse.

“Work vans have been seen going in. It’s not just general waste, there’s baths and things from people houses, and now these tyres have started appearing.”

“Whoever owns them is having a field day with it and you worry if people set a match to it, the fumes from those tyres would be toxic,” he added.

The Glasgow Times understands a meeting is to take place today with representatives from GCC, Police Scotland and SEPA coming together to identify a plan of action to tackle the “environmental disaster” which would be unleashed if a fire occurred.

It’s expected to cost the council thousands to remove the litter from the fly tipping hotspot.

However, residents have warned serious security measures must be implemented to avoid the feared “corporate dumping”.

Councillor Paul Carey has called for concrete blocks and CCTV to be put in place to eradicate the issue.

He said: “The amount of fly tipping that has been going on over the last few years has increased, particularly during the pandemic.

“My ward, like everywhere else, in the city has suffered quite badly. Apart from household waste and building materials, there have been hundreds of tyres dumped.

“I am extremely worried that once the charge to collect bulk uplifts comes in this might lead to more fly tipping throughout the whole city.”

A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “Council officers were made aware of the dreadful scale of this problem last week and have brought together Police Scotland and SEPA to investigate and help find the perpetrators.

“There is also a meeting with these agencies being held today to decide how best to remove and tidy the site.

“Fly-tipping is a blight on our communities and the culprits have shown blatant disregard for the local community and environment.

“The cost of removing dumped debris is also a huge drain on already stretched council resources and we urge anyone with any information on those responsible to contact Police Scotland.”

Police Scotland and SEPA were not available for comment.

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