By Oliver Hall
Fly-tippers who are dumping old tyres at a well-known beauty spot have been warned they could face a £40,000 fine if they are caught.
The dumpers have been ditching tyres at the stunning Gleniffer Braes on the outskirts of Paisley and have even created a tyre mountain in a ravine.
The illegal fly-tipping is ruining the beautiful scenery for hundreds of runners, walkers and families who visit the area.
Now an investigation has been launched by Renfrewshire Council and environment watchdog SEPA to find out who is responsible for the dumping.
Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “It is despicable that people are dumping tyres at one of Renfrewshire’s best-known beauty spots.
“The people who have dumped these tyres have no respect for Renfrewshire or its people.
“A vehicle must have been used to bring these tyres to The Braes and I would urge anyone who may have seen it to come forward with any information they might have.
“Fly tippers cost us all money because the council has to clean up after them and dispose of the rubbish they leave behind.”
Councillor McGurk added: “Fly tippers can face a maximum fine of £40,000 and we will do everything in our power to identify who is responsible for this and will take steps to ensure that the waste is removed.
“Scrap tyres can’t be sent to landfill and many companies charge customers for disposing of their old tyres when they buy new ones.
“Unscrupulous firms may decide to simply pocket this cash and then dump the tyres.”