Kenny Boag, SEPA’s Head of Operations for the South West, said:
“SEPA officers are continuing to prioritise the investigation into an illegal waste site at Netherplace Dye Works, close to Newton Mearns. Our primary aim is to ensure that the waste currently on site is managed, transported and disposed of in a safe and legally correct manner and are also working closely with the local council and landowner to address the issue of flies on site and reduce their immediate impact on surrounding homes and businesses.
“Due to the volume and variety of waste types which have been found on site and the complexity involved in removing waste safely, work to remove the material will take time. Particular care must also be taken to avoid exacerbating the existing problem with flies. While our investigation is ongoing however, we are in discussion with the landowner, to look at all available options to reduce the number of flies at the site, including pest control measures to treat the waste.
“We have devoted considerable resources to tackle this illegal activity and will be pursuing those responsible. We greatly appreciate the patience of the local community while this work takes place and will do everything we can to provide a further update as soon as possible.”