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Call to Clean Up Stranraer Streets

THE STATE of Stranraer's streets and car parks are threatening the town's trade and appeal to tourists.

This was the claim of two councillors, who fear the litter problem is not being addressed in the town.

Councillor Iain Dick conceded there was a problem with litter and the issue had been taken up with the council on more than one occasion.

Fellow councillor Willie Scobie claimed it was a huge problem. He said they were looking for solutions and it was up to the council. He said although there was an improvement it was still a problem, especially along the main roads.

Mr Scobie asked for a "can do attitude" from both those who empty the bottle banks and the general public.

Police Constable Gavin McHallum said officers were aware of the problem and carried out regular patrols. He said:

"We would appeal to the minority not to leave litter lying and to put it in the bins and have a bit of pride about where they come from."

Mr Dick said the Community Wardens were a great help in this respect but there was still a long way to go.

One area that came under fire over the festive period was the bottle banks behind the Ulsterbus building. Mr Dick said they became an eyesore and those responsible needed to regularly empty them.

A spokeswoman for Dumfries and Galloway Council said the bottle banks were the responsibility of company Shanks Dumfries and Galloway. She said Shanks are to monitor and maintain the bottle banks and keep the site tidy and when they became full Shanks notified the council who emptied them. She said:

"Penalties are incurred by Shanks when recycling facilities under their control are not emptied and the council will make them aware of the problem in Stranraer."

A spokesman for Shanks admitted that over the festive period the area was busier than usual and the site was monitored more closely.

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