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By Fiona Reid
The dumping grounds

LITTERING and flytipping have sparked anger in Moffat and Lockerbie this week.

Sofas were spotted dumped on the side of the APR service road between Beattock and Moffat on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, litter pickers in Lockerbie were disgusted to find human excrement and used baby wipes in the lay-by near the Dryfesdale cemetery.

Discussing the issue on social media, Lockerbie Litter Picker member Marjatta Wildwood described it as ‘unacceptable’ and said: “I’m really sad to make this post, this is the lay-by next to the car park for the cemetery, less than a hundred yards from where visitors park to come and pay their respects to those who lost their lives during the ‘Lockerbie bombing’! Is this acceptable?

“In my view this lay-by should be closed!

Agreeing, Liz Rosier said: “This is disgusting.

“Councils don’t have the money to provide public toilets and this leads to people behaving in this disgusting way.

“We need more sustainable options for people like composting toilets.

“It’s heartbreaking to see the casual disregard people show to littering our countryside.”

Concerns were raised about the use of the lay-by for overnight parking by lorry drivers.

Sarah McIntyre said: “There is a perfectly good lorry park six miles up the road with facilities.

“Don’t think I’m tarring all drivers with the same brush, but after some of the cleanups that I’ve done with the group over the last year I have to agree that these lay-bys should be closed – to HGVs at least.”

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