FLY ISSUES DEEMED TO BE WEATHER RELATED
Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:40
Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald met representatives from SEPA this week (Monday 29th August) to discuss the ongoing issues of flies and odours in and around Grangemouth.
After a constructive meeting, in which a representative from Falkirk Council’s environmental health department also attended, it was considered that due to the sporadic pattern of flies in the area, and extensive investigations being carried out at all SEPA regulated sites, the only conclusion could be that the increase in flies is due to the unseasonably wet weather, and patchy dry sunny spells.
SEPA confirmed that they had investigated all complaints made to them, at regulated sites which, historically, been associated with similar issues in the past. When all sites passed with a clean bill of health, other environmental factors had to be considered. With complaints coming from across the Falkirk District, some areas miles from any regulated waste site, there was no pattern found except that of the weather.
Mr. MacDonald, along with Grangemouth Councillor David Balfour, also spoke extensively to SEPA about the odours in Grangemouth. SEPA confirmed they had been working with several major installations in the area to improve this, some of which had made significant improvements under their watch, however said there was still work to be done, and that this would continue.
Commenting after the meeting, Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East said:
“Having had this meeting with SEPA I am satisfied that their investigations into the issues with flies has been extensive and far reaching. With there being complaints received from all across the District, the weather is the only constant, and that has to be taken into consideration. I will be further monitoring these issues, but I am content with their evaluation of these issues.
“I feel encouraged by the progress that is being made under the supervision of SEPA in the area. Clearly more work is still to be carried out, however I am satisfied that the provisions being put in place now will be a good foundation for further progress being made. However, I will be approaching the Chief Executive of SEPA in the coming days to put forward a case for a permanent presence to be sited in Grangemouth, dedicated to the area. Ideally this would be an office, so that there is a commitment to making Grangemouth a better area for all in the long term.”