WEST FIFERS have been urged to clean up their act after 42 bags of rubbish had to be cleared from an area in Rosyth.

Fed-up residents had contacted local councillor Sam Steele after an area between fences at the Civil Service club had become plagued with problem littering.

She contacted the council's parks department who agreed to spruce up the land.

Cllr Steele explained on her Facebook page: "Although this is on private land and not on Fife Council's remit, it was such an eyesore that our parks department took the decision to clear it.

"There was not only fly-tipping evident but 42 bags of rubbish were also removed over the last few days. The area is now looking a million times better and I am grateful to our officers for their work."

Parks, streets and open spaces service manager Damien Woods said: "There's just no excuse. It’s inconsiderate laziness and it’s illegal. It costs Fife Council a considerable amount to deal with and we do fine people caught doing it.

"If you're caught, you could receive an £80 fixed penalty notice which could rise to £200 if you're caught dumping waste illegally. Major offenders may be referred directly to the procurator fiscal and could incur fines of up to £40,000.

"Help keep Fife a great place to live, work and visit. Reporting fly-tipping by filling out the form at www.fifedirect.org.uk/flytipping or by calling 03451 55 00 22."