Calls made for Milngavie's 9/11 anti-terror railings to be taken down

A FRESH bid is being made to have the security screening at Milngavie reservoir removed.

The LibDem group on East Dunbartonshire Council is calling on Scottish Water to vigorously pursue the removal of the railings around various locations at Milngavie reservoirs with both the Scottish and UK Governments.

Milngavie MSP Des McNulty tried in vain to have the railings removed several years ago when the Government insisted their installation had been erected in accordance with Ministry of Defence security policy.

If a LibDem motion is successful at council meeting the group will be requesting the authority to send a copy to local MP and MSPs asking for their support to restore the appearance of the A-listed waterworks structure by the removal of the "redundant" security fencing.

Councillor Duncan Cumming, who chaired the conservation group representing the community during construction of the new treatment plant, said: "The erection of the ugly, high, metal fencing around parts of the reservoir was a knee-jerk reaction by the Ministry of Defence to the 9/11 terrorist attacked in the United States.

"I believe that the erection of this fencing was a waste of public money, as it would not really deter any potential terrorist threat locally. Now that the new treatment plant is located far away from this security fencing, it is even more redundant than ever."

LibDem group leader, Councillor Vaughan Moody, added: "I welcome the change of heart by Scottish Water in its recent decision to reinstate the landmark drinking well between the two reservoirs of Milngavie Waterworks.

"Scottish Water must now make a stronger case to both the British and Scottish Governments that eyesores such as this ugly metal fencing have no place within the grounds of A listed building structures.

Councillor Eric Gotts was joined at the railings last week by representatives of the Civic Trust, Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers, Milngavie Community Council, Friends of Milngavie reservoir and Bearsden North Community Council.

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