SNP Councillor Presses SEPA On Grangemouth Fly Infestation

 Grangemouth SNP Councillor David Balfour has called on the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to take action against a local recycling centre following a residents meeting that attracted around 120 residents in Grangemouth.

Local residents have suffered from infestations of small black flies in their homes for the past few summers and are extremely concerned they will have another summer of misery this year as the weather starts getting warmer and the flies start appearing from the Oran site in Abbotsinch Industrial Estate, Grangemouth.

Now following a public meeting held on Sunday 21st April a campaign team has been established to assist Councillor Balfour in his campaign to force SEPA to take action.

Cllr Balfour said

“I would like to thank the Maharatta for supplying a venue and refreshments for our meeting and for so many residents for giving up their Sunday afternoon to demonstrate the scale of the problem in Grangemouth.

It is also very positive that I am joined by local campaigners Maureen Downs and Donna Gallagher who will e presenting a petition to senior SEPA managers when we meet with them next week, thanks to the intervention and support of our local MSP, Angus MacDonald.

 I have been working on this issue for several months now and would ask SEPA to consider the quality of life of local residents and take action. Oran have had over twice the licensed limit of baled waste on their site for months although it was supposed to be cleared by the end of January this year. I have been in constant communication with SEPA over this latest problem and although they have been monitoring the site, they just keep changing the goalposts and so far have taken very little or no action against Oran.

The site is a complete disgrace and Falkirk Council has to often clean up around the site at council tax payers expense.

The Spitfire is coming to Grangemouth soon and the backdrop of the Oran site is an eyesore.

 It is time that SEPA took decisive action and stuck to deadlines instead of accommodating Oran.

 Through liaison with Angus MacDonald MSP, I have now secured a meeting with the Scottish Government’s Environment Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP to discuss the issue at the highest level.

 The residents of Grangemouth deserve better from SEPA and Oran.”

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