DOBBIES have cleared up and secured their site in Dalgety Bay from fly-tipping thanks to the power of the Press.

The garden centre firm came under pressure after the Press reported earlier this month that domestic household waste originating in Linlithgow was dumped there.

Councillor David Barratt had urged Dobbies to take action after fears that it could become a fly-tipping hotspot but had no response to his concerns.

But, following our article, the company got in touch with the Press to let locals know that they had removed the waste and were securing the site with fencing.

After seeing the site fenced off, Cllr Barratt said: "Very pleased to be sent this photo this evening showing the Dobbies site has been secured.

"It was cleared of all the fly-tipping earlier in the week following some coverage of the issue in the Dunfermline Press.

"Dobbies haven’t responded to me directly so haven’t answered the questions on the future of the site, although they did mention to the Press that the site was to be sold pending a planning application from another company.

"I’ll await an application and fingers crossed it’s something the community actually needs or wants."

The garden centre closed in February and there has been no word on what might replace it on the site.

However, Dobbies have confirmed with the Press that the site has been sold, subject to planning.

When the store was closed earlier in the year, the firm said the decision was down to its strategic plan for growth which focused on larger, medium and specialist stores rather than smaller centres such as Dalgety Bay.

A Dobbies spokesperson said: “Team members have visited the site regularly. The domestic household waste that was left has been removed by our team. A fence has been installed and we will continue to monitor the site.”