Call for action to tackle path litter

Litter on the canal walkway
Litter on the canal walkway

Environmental campaigners are calling for more action to be taken to clean-up the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal near Kirkintilloch.

One campaigner from Bishopbriggs who regularly cycles there, told the Herald the mess was the “worst I have ever 
seen it’’.

His call comes after 
Herald Editor Jim Holland last week highlighted the problem of litter strewn about the path during a lunchtime walk from Townhead Bridge to 
the Horseshoe Bridge at Southbank Marina.

Polystyrene takeaway food containers, numerous plastick forks and empty soft drinks cans were scattered along the way, spoiling the otherwise picturesque area.

The cyclist said: “I totally agree with the editorial piece in last week’s Herald. I cycle along the canal path regularly and this is the worst I have ever seen it.

“Something really needs to be done about it.

“I complained about it recently to the Scottish Canals Association and the litter was cleaned up. But the following day, it was as bad as ever.”

The campaigner added that the canal is used regularly by schoolchildren at 
lunchtime.

He is calling for Keep Scotland Beautiful to visit local schools to urge pupils to help to look after their local environment.

A spokesperson for Keep Scotland Beautiful told the Herald: “We will certainly look at that if people get in touch with us.

“We are always happy to support local people who are concerned about their local environment.

“They can contact us through our website at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org with their concerns.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Canals Association said: “The Scottish Waterways Trust organised a litter clean of an area at the canal 
at Kirkintilloch last week.”