Litter headache at canal

kirkintilloch canal festival, canoe trip with "wild by nature"'photo emma mitchell'27/8/11
kirkintilloch canal festival, canoe trip with "wild by nature"'photo emma mitchell'27/8/11

TIME to clean-up the Canal Capital of Scotland – Kirkintilloch.

That was on the agenda as two East Dunbartonshire councillors met up with officials from British Waterways Scotland.

SNP councillors David Ritchie and Gillian Renwick held talks recently with representatives from the waterways organisation.

The meeting followed concerns raised by Councillor Ritchie about young people using the canal bank as a drinking den, and also about the amount of litter and fly-tipping along the banks of the waterway.

Councillor Ritchie said: “It was a very positive meeting.

“I think it’s good for councillors and British Waterways to be working together. The canal has been looking a bit messy at times, not that it’s British Waterways fault - they do what they can.

“They told me that if there are any issues with litter, or anything else, to give them a call.

“The canal is a great asset and we want to encourage people to use it. Anyone who has issues with the canal can get in touch with me at the council.”

British Waterways Scotland manages the country’s canal network, which includes the Caledonian, Crinan, Forth and Clyde, Union and Monkland canals.