Council enforcement officers have now issued fines after a disgusting mess was left dumped in the heart of Kilwinning.

Household rubbish was left in the grassy area of Pollock Crescent at the weekend to the disgust of residents in the town, with Kilwinning Labour councillor Donald Reid appealing for any information to identify the culprits be sent to Streetscene.

He said: “Someone has decided this is the place to make a mass tip with garden clear outs, old kitchens, carpets and general flytipping.

“While the council has a little information on who might be dumping here, we would like to secure a little more to allow this to proceed to charging and pursue prosecution.

“This is right in the heart of the housing and access is well seen and overlooked so I am confident the dumpers are known and identifiable.”

“Only by acting can we stop these flytippers blighting our community and putting the surrounding houses at risk through fire raising.”

A spokesperson for North Ayrshire Council said: “Our Environmental Enforcement Team has investigated this incident and identified a number of offenders from the local area and issued them with Fixed Penalty Notices.

“Arrangements are in place to have the waste removed at the earliest opportunity and we are also considering possible prevention measures to block vehicle access to the grass area.

“Fly-tipping of any sort is wrong, but it is particularly disappointing when people fly-tip in their own communities – leaving a mess in the public parks and open spaces that their neighbours, family and friends use and enjoy.”

The spokesperson added: “Fly-tipping is a crime which we take very seriously, and we are determined to reduce the impact this has on communities across North Ayrshire.

“Our Environmental Enforcement Team regularly patrol known hot-spots and issue Fixed Penalty Notices to offenders.

“We would urge anyone with information on instances of fly-tipping to please get in touch and we will investigate thoroughly.

“To report environmental crimes such as fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling, contact the team on 01294 310000.”