Fly-tippers are regularly dumping rubbish in the centre of Gatehouse.

Black bin bags stuffed full of empty Guinness cans have been left lying in the main car park on four occasions.

And one offender – driving a top-of-the-range car – was even spotted throwing out an old vacuum cleaner.

No-one has been able to trace the culprits behind the mess at the recycling point – so far.

But now Gatehouse Community Council is determined to stamp out the problem before it gets any worse.

According to town provost Helen Keating fly-tipping has escalated over the last two months.

 

She said: “Several times there have been black bin bags full of a large number of empty Guinness cans, plastic bottles and empty cardboard boxes.

“There was even a hoover – and the car number plate of the dumper was taken and passed on to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

“There were also boxes of empty bottles put beside the skips when they could have been put in by the owner.”

Helen Keating.
Helen Keating.

The only facilities at the recycling point are for the collection of glass bottles and clothes.

A prominent notice outside warns anyone dumping rubbish can be hit with a fine of up to £40,000.

Mrs Keating said: “The community council has put up another sign by the clothing bank asking people to take their rubbish to the proper recycling depot since there is not a collection of rubbish from the area – but offenders have persisted.

“We have asked the council if there could be a CCTV camera installed.

“The community service team will also be on the lookout for offenders.”

 

She added: “Since we lost our regular council street cleaner we now have a local volunteer who has been trained by the council.

“But she cannot cope with collecting the amount of rubbish dumped in the car park.”

“We have contacted Dumfries and Galloway Council.

“We have not heard anything official back from them yet.”

The car park is a focal point for visitors with several tourism-related businesses nearby.