FED-UP residents are bidding to overturn a council decision to refuse permission to put up gates to stop fly-tipping.

The council knocked back a request to install gates on the notorious dumping site because it would detract from the “visual amenity”.

Kingarth Lane in Govanhill is regularly strewn with discarded furniture, rubbish and commercial waste.

The Glasgow Times visited the site earlier this year with cleansing union rep Chris Mitchell of the GMB to witness the piles of waste blocking access for bin crews.

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Residents from the Kingarth Lane Community Group were successful in securing funding last year for gates that were erected but then had to be removed as permission had not been secured.

The council then refused permission claiming: “The overall design and material would appear an incongruous addition to the street scene to the detriment of the visual amenity of the neighbourhood.”

It also said the gates “impact upon connectivity and permeability within the neighbourhood due to the closure of the lane to the public”.

The residents, angry that fly-tipping continues in the lanes, have appealed the decision and argue that gates will be much more pleasing visually than the piles of garbage that mount up.

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Their appeal states: “We would refute that the proposed gates would appear incongruous and supply photos to demonstrate this. The proposed gates would provide a far pleasanter view than how the lane looks generally, full of rubbish.”

The proposal is for black, 2.4 metre high, double leaf swing gates at three sites to block access to people using the lanes for illegal dumping.

The gates would go up at the entrance to Kingarth Lane south from Calder Street, north from Bowman Street and south from Bowman Street.

The gates are to be galvanised steel and would be fixed to steel support posts with additional fixings to the adjacent walls for support.

The idea is the gates would be locked at all times and people requiring access be given the code to the gates.

The Kingarth Lane Community Group said: “We truly believe that installing gates is the only answer here to solve the fly-tipping problems experienced at this location.”

The council’s planning local review committee will decide on the appeal next week.