Water chiefs take legal action over site access

08-11-2014 Picture Roberto Cavieres. General View Site where travellers have been evicted (Scottish Water land)
08-11-2014 Picture Roberto Cavieres. General View Site where travellers have been evicted (Scottish Water land)

Travelling people set up a camp on Milngavie Road in Bearsden after they were thrown off land which is owned by Scottish Water.

The water authority took legal action to evict the travellers from their land, which is situated off Auchenhowie Road in Milngavie, after they received numerous complaints from local residents about the travellers and fly tipping on the site near Murray Park, Rangers training grounds, and Bearsden and Milngavie sports club.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency was also informed.

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “It is our responsibility to take the necessary legal action to stop any unlawful occupation of our property and have any temporary dwellings removed.

“Although this is the site of a former waste water treatment works there is a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) there which is operational and we need to maintain access at all times.

“The presence of the travelling people was preventing us from getting to the CSO and if it’s not functioning we’d risk an environmental emergency.”

A decree for ejection was granted at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Wednesday, November 5 and sheriff officers were instructed to carry out the eviction.

However, the travellers say they have nowhere else to go as there are not allocated sites nearby.

They then moved to a piece of land which is owned by CALA Homes on Milngavie Road, near the Allander Leisure Centre.

Grace Irvine, director of East Dunbartonshire Council’s neighbourhood services, said: “As the travellers have camped on private property, this is the responsibility of the landowner and not the council, however our environmental health officers will monitor the situation.

“There may also be involvement from education officers, if children of school age are amongst the group.”

When contacted by the Herald a spokesperson for CALA Homes said: “We believe that the travellers have now moved on.”