Fury at mess left by travellers

Garscadden terrible mess
Garscadden terrible mess

Bearsden residents are angry about the terrible mess that’s been left behind by a group of travelling people on council-owned land.

They were evicted from the former council cleansing depot site on Peel Glen Road, near the Garscadden cottages, in April after they set up camp illegally.

The eviction notice was welcomed by some local people who were calling for them to leave the site because they were making a mess.

There were complaints that over 20 caravans were parked there without permission and that they had churned up the grass and dumped rubbish everywhere.

Garscadden Cottages, which are owned by the council, were occupied by tenants until recently but now they are empty.

A local resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I’m utterly shocked at the trail of destruction that’s been left behind by the travellers.

“Litter is strewn everywhere, including a huge collection of empty beer cans, old Christmas trees, tyres, logs and an abandoned fridge.

“It looks really awful and they shouldn’t have been allowed to be there in the first place - then this wouldn’t have happened.

“I think it’s disgusting that they have been allowed to ruin the place.”

Thomas Glen, East Dunbartonshire Council Director of Development and Regeneration, said: “The Garscadden depot site was marketed in late September 2014 for a period of eight weeks.

“Due to commercial sensitivity we cannot comment on bids received or negotiations undertaken as regards Garscadden depot.

“A report was considered in private at a meeting of the Development and Regeneration Committee on May 19.

“It will be further considered a future meeting of the full council.

“We investigate instances of fly-tipping that come to our attention.

“Where we can identify who has left the rubbish we require them to either remove it or bill them for the cost of clearing it up.

“In some instances, fly-tippers may also be prosecuted and fined.”

For more information, call 0300 123 4510 or visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk