When you think about it, we really do live in a lovely part of the world.

We are in the very fortunate position of being able to travel into Glasgow and beyond in a short time – albeit the roads can get very busy.

We can also head over the Erskine Bridge and be travelling along the A82 towards Loch Lomond and beyond.

On most days, the views around there are spectacular.

However, there are those who don’t give a jot about our scenery. I’m talking about those who discard litter – either by dropping it as they walk along the paths and pavements or throwing it from the vehicle they are travelling in.

Sadly, there are also those sneaky people who drive to a quiet part of the area and have no second thoughts about fly-tipping.

They just want to get rid of their rubbish, without thinking about the mess others have to see as they pass by.

One particular area is causing a real nuisance for some – the road that connects Old Greenock Road to Greenock Road, as you leave the village.

It seems to be a favourite spot for those lazy, inconsiderate people who can’t be bothered to use the recycling centre at Erskine.

Lots of people are moving into the area – particularly to Dargavel – and this fly-tipping is not giving a good impression.

So, for those who are doing this, please cut it out. Use the recycling facility that is just a few miles down the road. You must have a vehicle to dump what you are leaving behind, so it won’t take much more time or effort to dispose of your waste responsibly.

There is a great community spirit in the village – there has been for years – and this has been spreading to include those who are new to the area.

Every year, volunteers litter pick to keep the area tidy.

My message to the fly-tippers is this. Why risk a fine when you can join the rest of the community in taking a pride in living here and help to keep the place tidy?