Gas leak discovered by ‘nosy’ council candidate

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A QUICK-thinking council candidate sniffed out a gas leak while on the campaign trail last week.

Susan Murray, who is the Lib Dem candidate for the upcoming Campsie and Kirkintilloch North by-election, was distributing leaflets with her son in Kirkintilloch’s Kilsyth Road on Friday evening when she raised the alarm.

She told the Herald: “When we were walking back to the car I smelt gas, but wasn’t sure so got my son to come back to the spot with me and there was definitely a smell of gas which seemed to be coming from the undergrowth next to the pavement.

“We went home and my son reported it to the gas emergency line and they came out immediately to check it out.

“Their service was very fast – the phone only rang once before it was answered.”

Workers from Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) were still working on the fault as the Herald went to press this week.

A spokesperson for SGN said: “We can confirm we had a smell of gas reported near the Kirkintilloch Roundabout, Kilsyth Road.

“A member of the public did the right thing and reported it through our Emergency Number 0800 111 999.

“We attended on Friday evening and made the area safe. The site was monitored over the weekend, as we need to do some further work to carry out a permanent repair.”

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