Fife flats destroyed by fly tipping and vandalism

Residents of Waverley Court have complained to local authorities following the dumping of rubbish outside the flats. Common areas were also damaged and degraded – and despite efforts by a few community-minded tenants to clean up the area, the problems have persisted for several weeks.

Many apartments are private rentals, and there is growing concern and resentment that landlords are not taking responsibility for the actions of some of their tenants.

A family member of a young tenant who moved into a flat in Waverley Court recently told the Gazette that the block was in serious disrepair and had huge problems with pests and fly dumps on flat doors and in around.

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Rubbish dumped around Waverley Court flats included a child’s pushchair.

She said: ‘There have already been mattresses, needles, broken glass, droppings and bloodstained rats. In the common area there are broken lights on the stairs and what looks like blood and spray paint on the walls.

“I went with a few friends to try and fix the mess but with no change I’m afraid it will continue to happen as it’s been five or six times since I’ve cleared the area and removed the harmful items.”

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She said her sister loved her apartment and was happy to have a place to call home, and she had put a lot of effort into decorating the place; but how scary it was, people had to live with such a mess on their doorstep.

An old fridge-freezer and a shopping cart were dumped among other rubbish outside the apartments.

She added: ‘The main problem seems to be that the apartments are all privately owned/rented and the owners are hard to contact or just don’t care. I have reported the issues to the Council’s Safer Communities team and the local MSP, but concretely I don’t know what they can do?

“All I want is to know that my sister will be safe and comfortable in her new home.”

Dawn Jamieson, Head of Safer Communities, said: “We are aware of the issue at Waverley Court and have raised it with landlords there as most flats are privately owned. Ultimately if no one takes responsibility for the mess, we will arrange to have it cleaned and charge the owners for the cost of it.

“There is no excuse for fly tipping, which is a blatant disregard for the law and our external environment. No one wants to see litter dumped, and it has a direct impact on the state of our roads, parks , wildlife and communities.

Broken glass is left among other debris.

“Our recycling centers are open, and we urge people to use these facilities and dispose of recyclable waste responsibly. Please also check that anyone you ask to take your waste away is properly registered to do so. businesses have a legal obligation to dispose of their waste responsibly.

“We appreciate people reporting fly tipping and urge them to continue to do so using our online form at www.fife.gov.uk/flytipping.”


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