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FLY TIPPING is blighting rural communities during the Covid-19 outbreak. MSP Finlay Carson says the closure of recycling centres should not be being used as an excuse for people despoiling roadsides, beauty spots and streets with litter, posing a real danger to the countryside and animals in the last few weeks. Mr Carson says community safety officers within Dumfries and Galloway Council should be commended for continuing to strive to keep the region tidy and should be applauded for their efforts. During his own daily exercise in the heart of his constituency, Mr Carson says he has been disappointed to see an increase in dog fouling and littering and called on everyone to maintain high standards when out and about during the pandemic. He is set to challenge SNP Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham at a Holyrood virtual question time today to outline longer-term policies to tackle the worrying increase in fly-tipping, including how the SNP Government will assist local authorities and take the burden away from innocent landowners. The Conservative MSP said: “It really has been disappointing to see such an increase in fly tipping, littering and dog fouling across our communities during the Covid-19 outbreak. “The pandemic has posed challenges in terms of recycling centres being closed in particular, but that absolutely should not be seen as an excuse to spoil our beauty spots and the countryside in general. “Our community safety officers in Dumfries and Galloway Council work to keep our areas clean and tidy and we should be doing everything we can to support them, especially at this time when resources are stretched. “I have witnessed this first-hand on my daily exercise with an increase in dog fouling as well and I would encourage everyone to not let standards slip and keep our communities clean and tidy for everyone. “That is why I am keen for the SNP Government to outline longer-term policies that will help local authorities tackle fly-tipping and take the burden off innocent landowners. “Organisations such as the NFU, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Zero Waste Scotland, Scotland Land and Estates and Scotland's Partnership Against Rural Crime are absolutely right to highlight these dangers to our countryside and in turn, our farmyard animals if we continue to see increases in fly-tipping. “I would encourage anyone to report any incidents of fly-tipping to help support officers and keep our communities tidy.”

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