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Milngavie’s West Highland Way drinking den is bricked up

Start of West Highland Way, Milngavie. Cllr Jim Gibbons for story on new wall put up to stop youths throwing rubbish on WHW.
Photo by Emma Mitchell
29/1/14

Start of West Highland Way, Milngavie. Cllr Jim Gibbons for story on new wall put up to stop youths throwing rubbish on WHW. Photo by Emma Mitchell 29/1/14

A problem area plagued with litter and boozers has been cleaned-up after the council extended a wall to discourage youths from hanging about.

Youngsters have gathered at the underpass at the start of the West Highland Way near Allander Road for many years, using the low wall as a seat.

However, the accumulation of litter, including bottles and cans, has been a constant headache for the council’s cleaning department.

Following discussions with the town’s steering group, it was decided to extend the height of the wall to stop youths gathering there.

Welcoming the news, Milngavie councillor Jim Gibbons said: “Rubbish is a constant problem at this place, so anything that can stop this is great news. The West Highland Way is a very important asset to Milngavie and I welcome anything that will improve it.”

Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The issue of youths sitting on the bridge, drinking and leaving litter has been an issue with the Milngavie Town Centre Steering Group for a considerable time and they’ve also had discussions with the police.

“The council’s bridge engineer examined potential solutions including consideration of other works which were being undertaken at the time. It was then agreed that the ledge would be bricked up to ensure there was no access to the ledge. This work has now been completed and will hopefully prevent further issues arising.”

 

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