The simple act of trying to get dumping in and around the Dryden Terrace railway bridge cleared up is proving a frustrating experience for one local resident.
Mr Kleszyk describes the land around the bridge – which is used daily by many as a pedestrian short cut between Pilrig Street and MacDonald Road – as an “environmental disaster area.”
He said: “There are two main issues which, in my view, require the public’s attention:
• fly tipping/general rubbish under the bridge and in the vicinity
• cut down tree trunks left by Scot Rail after they carried out the “health&safety” chopping
“These two elements are a constant source of my – and I’m sure other members of the public as well – despair and anger. Using my own initiative I tried to resolve the problem by contacting all the parties concerned, who happen to have a stake in the rundown area.
“They are, namely, Edinburgh Council, Scot Rail and Dunedin Canmore Housing Association. My findings were the following:
“Edinburgh Council conveniently refused to deal with the problem claiming that the area in question was outside their remit.
“Scot Rail, on the other hand, confirmed that some of the land must belong to them, however, also ensured me that the litter was dumped on Dunedin’s plot and suggested going to them directly (which I did).
“When I enquired about the cut down trees and the date of the possible uplift, the customer service representative bluntly replied: “sometime in the future”
“Dunedin Housing Association, they proved to be a little bit more helpful and kindly confirmed that similar issue was raised in the past. My call was logged and cleaning team requested to sweep the
“After a few weeks of inspecting the place I finally noticed some change, however, not to my surprise only the biggest items (old sofas, bikes) were uplifted while the others were left intact. I went
on the phone again, explained the problem and asked for another thorough clean out of the area which, according to my observations, has never happened…”
Most public bodies who manage land fall under the regulation of the Environmental Protection Act, and in this case it will be Network Rail who are likely to be most at fault in this situation. It is ultimately their responsibility to keep the railway land clear.
Sadly, and almost inexplicably, as the table below shows, the law gives Network Rail three months to clean-up urban railway land after a report is made. In this case, it has hard to understand why Network Rail should take so long to clear up the railway bridge, given that there are so few trains on this line.
Greener Leith has submitted an additional report to Network Rail today, and we’ve set a calendar reminder for three months time. If the area has not been cleaned up by then, we’ll look at working with Mr Kleszyk to obtain a Litter Abatement Order for the area. Hopefully there will be no need to go down that road.
You can find out more about litter laws in this document produced by Keep Scotland Beautiful. – where we found the table above.