Residents of Stromness Road, Oban Road and Stornaway Road were fed up with the continual use of a shared alleyway by fly tippers. The alleyway, which runs between Stromness Road and Oban Road, was constantly being used to dump rubbish, causing a health hazard for the residents and their children with broken glass and other dangerous material .
The residents decided enough was enough and contacted Kursaal Councillor Blaine Robin, who brought in Kursaal People’s Foundation Chair, Louise Burdett, to coordinate the project to resolve the issue.
Cllr Robin said: “Not only was this situation causing problems for the residents, but it is also a nuisance for the council. The council would send in workers to clear the mess, but within a couple of weeks there would be more rubbish. This was wasting council tax payers money and had to be resolved.” Louise Burdett commented: “My first task was to liaise with the residents in and around the alleyway. It was immediately apparent that the residents had had enough of this problem. Having spoken to a number of residents it was decided the best option was to put up a gate at the entrance of the alleyway. The gate would prevent access by the nuisance fly tippers but would allow access in an emergency.”
Cllr Robin and Louise Burdett, contacted a local tradesman who undertook the project and the gate was erected in a matter of weeks . Speaking about the new gate, one of the residents key to the project, Mr Denman, commented: “I am very grateful for the effort put in by Miss Burdett. The area was being blighted by these inconsiderate fly tippers and something really needed doing about it. I hope with this new gate in place we can draw a line under the matter.”