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By Cara Blackhall

Raging residents have described life on the capital's most fly tipped street.

Edinburgh Live previously revealed the 10 streets across the city reporting the most cases of dumped rubbish.

Springwell Place, next to Dalry Primary School, came out worst in 2021 with a total of 108 items recovered from the road - including the likes of bulky household items and commercial waste.

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We paid a visit to Springwell Place to speak to residents and locals to get their take on the list and why so many cases occur.

Ian Hamilton, 64, who just lives around the corner from Springwell Place said: “Particularly the domestic bins at the back are constantly having stuff left, like sofas and televisions and that sort of thing and there’s a lot of dog mess.”

Long-term resident Diane Hamilton, 64 said: “I’ve lived here for about 16 years and the amount of fly tipping outside is ridiculous.

“People aren’t phoning the council to get it uplifted and it’s not good. It’s really not a good look.”

A Springwell Place local who wished to stay anonymous, aged 65, said: “People do it all the time. They should call the council to get it uplifted but they’re not bothered.”

Another Springwell Place local who lives around the corner and wished to stay anonymous said: “It’s a bad problem, people dump anything around the bins.

“I have lived here a long time; it’s been like this since 91 and I never knew you could do this. I originally come from Aberdeen, and you can’t do it up there. I find fly-tipping a big problem.”

Some locals and residents believe that the issue isn’t too bad and that the council does come to collect it eventually.

Jennifer Nielson said: “I mean it’s not too bad here today, it’s variable.”

Local to Springwell Place, Lisa, 37 said: “There is usually stuff left down the bottom where I live.

“People aren’t paying to dump it, people are just dumping it, but the council do come and collect it though, eventually.”

Let us know if fly-tipping is an issue in your area and whether you think the council are doing enough about it.

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