MASS rubbish has been dumped at Dumbarton’s St James Retail Park the day after a clean-up team cleared the area of fly-tipping.

Piles of rubbish including household furniture were left behind at the retail car park area where charity bins reside, leaving it more difficult for residents to donate unwanted clothing into the containers.

It is believed the rubbish has been building up for weeks over the Christmas period – which has caused West Dunbartonshire Council to be in delayed contact with the site owners Legal & General.

Eventually, a clear-up team was sent out last week by the owners and the area was cleaned up appropriately.

However, bags of rubbish have been left yet again at the area over the weekend.

Dorothy Heron of Dumbarton East and Central Community Council told the Reporter: “The council has been very proactive in contacting the site owners, Legal & General but over the holidays there was obviously a delay in getting a response. 

“However, they did have what I believe was good communication with them eventually and earlier this week a team from the owners turned up and cleared the site. 

“Environmental Health has contacted the site agent and outlined the needs required for the site which will be signage re ‘No Fly Tipping’ and CCTV, the electrics for the latter which are already in place. 

“WDC is not to blame for any of this as they are not responsible for the site, but they have been pursuing the owners for action.

“Despite the area being cleaned up this week, already yesterday there were bags of rubbish dumped beside the charity bins, including an ironing board and a microwave.”

A West Dunbartonshire Council spokesperson said: "Officers from Environmental Health are aware of flytipping at this private site and have been liaising with the landowner to offer guidance and advice on preventative measures to stop further instances of illegally dumped rubbish, as well as ensure the area is cleared appropriately by them.

"We would encourage all residents and visitors to do the right thing and dispose of waste responsibly, either in their household bins or at one of our recycling centres."

Legal & General have been approached for comment