Alastair Majury on Stirling’s Roadside Litter Blight Placed in Spotlight
Did you know you can be fined £80 if you or your passenger throw rubbish from your car window or dump it in a layby? Every year the council spends time and money clearing drinks bottles, cans, food packaging, fast food wrappers, takeaway cups, plastic, and cigarette related litter from roadsides and verges.
However not only is roadside litter an eyesore, picking it up, especially on high speed roads such as the M9 and A9 means that the workforce is exposed to unnecessary and avoidable danger. It can also be a danger to other road users and to wildlife.
This spotlight comes as the amount of rubbish, fly tipping and graffiti blighting communities is at its worst level in a decade. In fact, in 2016/17, Keep Scotland Beautiful recorded that a whopping 82.8% of motorways and A road verges in Scotland were littered.
The council will if an authorised officer witnesses a roadside littering offence being committed and has sufficient evidence issue an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice and has been lobbying to have the littering legislation brought into line with Fly Tipping legislation which would give the local authority the means to issue a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice.
Local Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“Roadside litter is increasingly becoming an issue in our area and we need to do more to protect our beautiful landscape. This is not just an issue for Dunblane and Bridge of Allan but across Stirling, and Scotland. I am particularly concerned about the amount of litter being left along the A9 and would urge drivers not to litter from their cars. I am pleased that council will shortly be arranging to remove litter from alongside the A9.”
(Note: The litter picking of the A9 was set up for the 27th and 28th March, with all the material being removed on the 29th March.)
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.