Opinion: Stop the relentless cowboy dumpers, Ferguslie Park waste land littered with tyres and gas canisters Opinion: Stop the relentless cowboy dumpers, Ferguslie Park waste land littered with tyres and gas canisters
David Cameron, our local photographer writes for us today about the occurring problem of illegal dumping around the area where he stays Once again... Opinion: Stop the relentless cowboy dumpers, Ferguslie Park waste land littered with tyres and gas canisters

David Cameron, our local photographer writes for us today about the occurring problem of illegal dumping around the area where he stays

Once again after visiting Blackstoun Road with my camera to shoot the plant life, it wasn’t long before I walked right into endless fly tipping that‘s been going on for as long as I can remember.

Inkerman, back when I was a child, used to grow spuds and turnips while Gypsies and travellers used it as a place to set up camp behind what used to be the back of Chrysler car plant. Now the land behind the old defunct Chrysler rail bridge has long gone to seed and is pretty wild with plants and bushes.

There are three dirt tracks that allow people and vehicles to access the area. With it being out of the way and at the back of Ferguslie Park, it makes a perfect dumping ground for unscrupulous cowboys who’ll do all those dirty jobs on the cheap with the aim of illegally dumping it while taking your waste with a smile.

To get into this area of land you can enter via the old railway bridge. The owners of this ground have tried in vain to block the passage with a dirt embankment that spoils the view into the field. Just up from Ferguslie Bowling Club, there is a wee house that has recently been renovated and a path has been made which takes you to where most of the car tyres have been dumped.

Each time I take a wander around those old fields I see numerous piles of tyres. Some in the past have been set on fire leaving the land scarred. There are also massive piles of building and household waste along with the worst of the worst, asbestos!

Asbestos is dangerous to breathe in and even this has been set on fire in the past sending cancerous plumes of smoke into Ferguslie and beyond.

Today was a first for me when I found a large pile of gas canisters of various sizes

Why anyone would dump what they could have take to any scrapyard in return for cash is beyond me!!

My main concern is, what if someone sets fire to the tyres and throws one of the gas canisters on to it? It could cause a massive explosion that may result in serious injury, perhaps even death. All of this would be due to these cowboy’s constant and brazen fly-tipping.

Renfrewshire Council is forever calling on the public to clean up their streets with campaigns like Team Up to Clean Up. I’m calling on the council to block or erect gate at these entrances before someone is seriously hurt.

The land alone is already suffering due to harmful waste being dumped.