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Support of NFU Scotland workshop to tackle flytipping

NFU Scotland organised an event on Morriston Farm in Ayrshire, on 20 October, which we attended along with representatives from Police Scotland and South Ayrshire Council.

Titled 'Tackling Rural Anti-Social Behaviour' the event looked to educate land owners on growing anti-social behaviours which are becoming a serious problem in rural areas with cases of flytipping, dog worrying of livestock, and aggressive behaviour from the public towards farmers and landowners.

The event consisted of three workshops, one of which, how to deal with flytipping, was run by our Community Project Officer Heather and Local Environmental Quality Officer Alastair.  Two other sessions focussed on access issues including with dogs, and practical solutions to managing rural antisocial behaviour and inappropriate access.

PC Graeme Gordon, who runs the Rural Watch in the area, added: “Flytipping of household and commercial waste is a big issue too for our farmers. Not only is it unsightly, it can be hazardous to farm livestock and machinery.

 “With an abundance of litter bins in country layby’s as well as local authority recycling facilities we urge members of the public to dispose of their waste responsibly.”

Central Ayrshire MP Dr Philippa Whitford, who attended the event and is a supporter of the initiative, commented after: "I was delighted to attend the local NFU Scotland workshop; to meet local Ayrshire farmers, land owners and forestry staff and to learn about the issues causing concern. Two issues which were discussed in detail were the damage to our beautiful county through flytipping and the very real danger dogs can pose to livestock."

 

20 October 2017

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