East Lothian mother smokes after fly dumpsters dump chippings on dog walking spot


An East Lothian mother has spoken of her anger after a popular dog walking spot was targeted by spills of flies.

Stella Smith, from Musselburgh, shared an image on Facebook that showed a huge pile of old wood and rubble that had been dumped at Grove, a popular walking area for dogs and families.

Fearing this could pose a threat to animals and children who could climb the pile and cut themselves on wood and sharp nails, Stella expressed frustration and reported the issue to East Lothian Council.

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Stella noted that she often walks her dog in this area and doesn’t understand why people think throwing away hazardous waste like this, instead of disposing of it properly, is okay.

She said: “To be honest, although I have seen quite a few flies flip in other places around Musselburgh, this is the first time I have encountered them in the Grove.

“I walk my dog ​​there every day, and when I ran into it yesterday, I felt very saddened and disappointed. I really don’t understand the mentality of people who think it’s okay to do this. round corners throwing a whole load of torn flooring onto a public road in a beautiful, peaceful area of ​​Musselburgh.

She also added that if the barrier that allows access to the path is not properly locked, it could be a recurring problem in the future.

She went on to say, “Obviously they were able to take a vehicle to the trail, so maybe the access door needs to be locked again more regularly, as I would hate to have this become a regular occurrence.”

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After the issue was reported to East Lothian Council, they responded by saying issues like this are taken very seriously and that they are currently investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for the East Lothian Council said: “The East Lothian Council is working alongside local and national partners to address the issue of fly spills and will seek to identify those responsible.

“If anyone has any information that would identify the offender in this case, we encourage them to contact the Safer Communities team on 01875 824 307.”

With fly spills becoming a regular occurrence in Edinburgh and the Lothians since the start of the pandemic, residents are starting to see the dangerous and potentially dangerous effects that could ensue.


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