Calls for EDC to clear bad paths

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The council has been blasted for the shocking state of neglected overgrown paths around the world famous West Highland Way.

The area around Milngavie Community Centre has not been cleared of weeds and overgrown branches for months and according to one resident who has lived in the area for the past 25 years it has become progressively worse over the last five years.

Carol Nicolson said: “The paths are disgusting. They never used to be as bad as this, but they don’t seem to care about this area anymore.

“It is something that has been getting gradually worse over the past five years.”

And other locals who regularly walk their dogs in the area agreed .One said: “We seem to be the poor relative over at this end of the district. I find it hard to walk down some of the paths because they are now so overgrown. We need to get this area cleared before it gets any worse.

“It is not too much to ask to get the area cleared of weeds and branches”.

Although the start of the West Highland Way is kept clear, with volunteers from Milngavie in Bloom providing some very nice flowering plants, as soon as people move away from this it is a different story.

One of the areas most badly effect is on the pathway that runs alongside the Allander stream were the greenery is particularly bad following a prolonged period of growth.

Mrs Nicolson added: “I want the council to tidy it up a bit. It is not just a summer problem. In the winter it can get very dirty and muddy around here.”

In response Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services said: “The council is responsible for maintaining and repairing all adopted footways and footpaths within East Dunbartonshire. The footpaths near to the Community Education Centre in Milngavie are part of our winter programme, however we will make arrangement to have this inspected and cleared if necessary.”