World famous Wall has been left a right site

ELSIE MCCOLL POINTING TO THE MESS OF THE ANTONINE WAKLL COVERED IN WEEDS ETC..'EM'6/6/11
ELSIE MCCOLL POINTING TO THE MESS OF THE ANTONINE WAKLL COVERED IN WEEDS ETC..'EM'6/6/11

A BEARSDEN resident was left red-faced when a group of Japanese tourists arrived near her home to see a World Heritage Site which has been left covered in dog poo and broken glass.

The university survey team travelled to see the Roman Antonine Wall and a bus took them to part of the ancient structure near Iain Road.

About 40 years ago it was excavated and a railing was erected around it but now it is overgrown with weeds and the area is covered with dog excrement and broken glass bottles.

Elsie McColl of Iain Road said: “I felt so embarrassed as they were asking me where the Antonine Wall is.

“They were on a holiday which had been sold to them on the basis of being able to see the Roman wall but there is nothing there now.

“It’s a disgrace to encourage tourists to visit it, it’s a World Heritage Site but it has been left to rot. Scotland wants tourists but what are we offering them in return?

“These students had walked along the Great Wall of China last year, then they come all this way to see weeds and dog dirt - it’s terrible and we should be ashamed.

“They ended up taking a picture in my garden in front of my rhodendron bush as that was a better photo opportunity.”

A council spokesman said: “We had an arrangement with a local voluntary group whose members maintained the area around this particular section of the wall. On inspection, it appears nothing has been done recently so the council will remedy that situation as quickly as possible. We apologise for this oversight and will have the area looking much better very soon.”