Grangemouth SNP Councillor, David Balfour has joined with Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, to get to the bottom and eradicate a problem of an infestation of flies in the Grangemouth area that has perplexed Environmental Health officials.
Grangemouth residents approached the Councillor and MSP some weeks ago and since then the pair have been working with Falkirk Council’s Environmental Health Department to investigate the town’s fly infestation issues, a problem that has now reached national government.
Councillor Balfour stated
“As part of an on-going investigation, and as a result of recent discussions I have had with Environmental Health Officers, I would ask the people of Grangemouth that have problems with significant numbers of flies in their homes, to contact either Falkirk Council’s Environmental Health Department or myself directly,.
This gives us a better understand of the extent of the problem and monitor the situation more effectively. We need to know just how bad and widespread this issue is.”
National environmental protection agency, SEPA, have come under fire recently for the handling of residents complaints from New Carron to Polmont on similar issues and the agency are under fire again in Grangemouth.
Cllr Balfour explains,
“These problems have been ongoing for a long time now and although SEPA have been involved, the issues have not yet been resolved. Residents are getting frustrated that so far, SEPA have let them down.
In the meetings I have had with SEPA I have been unimpressed with their attitude and apparent lack of commitment to get the matter resolved. I have therefore asked for a meeting with the new Scottish Government Environment Minister, Mr Paul Wheelhouse MSP, to discuss the problems and make him fully aware of the on-going situation affecting the people of Grangemouth.
I realise that these issues may not be easy to resolve but I will continue to attend the Problem Solving Partnership meetings, setup by Angus MacDonald MSP and liaise with Falkirk Council to assist in making improvements with an aim of resolving the issue completely.”