Events have been cancelled due to the sheer amount of rubbish in the area

Balgaddy Tidy Towns have expressed disappointment that a small number of residents are scuppering their efforts to improve the community by illegally dumping rubbish in the area.
There have been issues with illegal dumping outside the community garden since late last year but the problem has worsened over the past six weeks, with a huge number of rubbish bags being left on the footpath.
A spokesperson for Balgaddy Tidy Towns said: “It started last year with a few bags being left there once a week. The council would come and remove them but over the last six weeks it has gotten worse.”
The group expressed disappointment that a small number of people were preventing the wider community from using the community garden.
The spokesperson said: “We’ve eight groups using the garden, it’s a disappointment. The garden is very successful, there’s lots of kids in this area, there’s lots of people who live around here.
“There’s 800 houses and you could count on one hand the people that are leaving their rubbish out (on the footpath).”
The group added that it was due to start back a range of activities for locals in the community garden two weeks ago but had to cancel them due to the exposed rubbish around the area.
The group also run a junior park rangers project that encourages children to take pride in their area and help to keep it tidy and it was disheartening to see their good work being ruined by a small minority of people.
In response to a request from Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind), the council’s Environment, Water & Climate Change department confirmed that a culprit had been identified and fined.
In a statement to Cllr Timmons, a staff officer said: “I wish to confirm the litter warden carried out an inspection of the area, all bags were searched, one name and address was found in the bags and a fine has been issued.
“All offending material has been referred to the council’s public realm section for removal as soon as possible.”

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