A COUNCILLOR has condemned “selfish” fly-tippers after upwards of 30 tyres were found dumped at the side of a Neilston road.

The massive pile was left lying on the grassy verge which lines Fereneze Road, with some of the tyres spilling on to the tarmac.

It is just the latest in a series of fly-tipping incidents to blight the area recently, with complaints that the problem has become worse during the Covid pandemic.

Councillor Paul Aitken, who represents Barrhead, Liboside and Uplawmoor as an Independent, told the Barrhead News: “This is a shocking and selfish case of fly-tipping on an otherwise scenic road.

“The sheer quantity of tyres dumped suggests it was connected to a business. If anybody knows who did this, I would ask that they contact Police Scotland directly.”

Residents raised concerns online about the items last week, with many expressing their disbelief at the “disgusting” mess.

One local, Angela Gregory, said: "This is shocking. I can't believe they are so disrespectful for the environment.

"It really upsets me that people treat our shared space so badly, particularly after the past year."

A spokeswoman for East Renfrewshire Council confirmed that the local authority has now removed the tyres.

“Fly tipping like this is a blight on our community and we’d encourage residents to report any incidents via our website or by calling our free, confidential ring and report hotline on 0800 013 0076,” she added.

Those caught illegally dumping are committing a criminal offence and risk fines of up to £10,000. They could also face up to six months in prison.

The incident follows anger in March when a pile of bricks and other debris were left dumped on Springfield Road, despite it being closed to drivers to allow an upgrade as part of a new Taylor Wimpey housing development.

Other fly-tipping hotspots include the Straight Mile and a remote route from Kingston Road to Midgehole Glen.