Beauty spot spoiled by rubbish

Allander Way - Jo Swinson with Mrs. McGeachie and Euan McGeachie
Allander Way - Jo Swinson with Mrs. McGeachie and Euan McGeachie

CLEAN up calls have been made after a beauty spot was turned into a rubbish tip.

Litter has been strewn all along the picturesque Allander Way path which runs along the river between Auchenhowie and Dobbies Garden Centre.

Local MP Jo Swinson recently accompanied nineyear-old Euan McGeachie and his parents Alan and Madeline to examine the extent of the mess.

They took a walk along the path following an e-mail she received from the youngster.

While there, they examined the amount of rubbish left on the ground and in the river.

On an earlier walk with his father Euan counted 890 bottles and cans, most of them beer, 40 paper bags, 65 pieces of paper and cardboard, as well as a large amount of trolleys abandoned by the river.

Tourists

For tourists walking from Glasgow to the start of the West Highland Way, this stretch of the Kelvin Walkway is their first glimpse of Milngavie and Ms Swinson has called on East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) to act and remove the rubbish so the area can be enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, and runners alike.

She has asked the council to ensure that bins are placed along the path and for police to include this area on their patrols given the high number of discarded beer cans.

The MP said: “While there is no excuse for people who don’t put their litter into bins and protect the local environment, the council needs to do its bit as well.

“Nine-year old Euan’s e-mail is one of many I receive from constituents upset about the amount of litter and fly-tipping in East Dunbartonshire.

“We live in a very beautiful area, but the look of our green spaces is being spoilt.

“While it’s important for people to get rid of their rubbish in the proper way it’s also the job of the council to make sure the local area stays clean. I hope the council will take action to make Allander Way a place local people can enjoy.”

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at EDC, said: “The council takes great pride in its outdoor spaces and we recognise that in East Dunbartonshire we have many beauty spots which are tourist attractions.

“We operate a cleaning regime for all our parks and open spaces which sees them litter picked on a regular basis. The Allander Walkway does not belong to the council but is in private ownership.

“We will attempt to identify the landowners through a land search to seek their co-operation in litter picking and maintaining the areas to a standard the public and council would expect.”