The big clean up continues to gather pace

Latest station cleanup.
Latest station cleanup.

An army of volunteers have staged their latest clean-up in a bid to transform a former eyesore into a community asset.

Over 60 volunteers turned up at Milton of Campsie’s disused railway station earlier this month to carry on the good work which has taken place over the course of this year.

Litter was gathered and leaves cleared from the newly-restored platforms.

One of the organisers told the Herald: “Massive thanks must go to all the volunteers who turned up between 9am and 3pm.

“A special ‘thank you’ goes to John and his team at JBS Plant Hire in Kirkintilloch.

“JBS donated the use of an industrial leave blower which helped volunteers clear a serious amount of leaves and, rather than throwing them in a skip, we are composting them.

“The young lads who helped had a great time - in fact one of the lads was enjoying blowing leaves from the former railway path so much that he almost ended up in Lennoxtown!

“So many people deserve thanks - Gillian Telfer, Kenny Kerr and Peter Reid from East Dunbartonshire Council, who have organised the completion of the slabbing and placement of benches.

“Also, East Dunbartonshire Council’s Joe Nixon and his team for clearing the Lennoxtown side of the station on recent Fridays.

“Massive thanks to the growing number of young people who are doing a tremendous job and are a real credit to the village, and all the volunteers - mums, dads, kids, grannies and grandads - who are helping to create a real place of interest.

“Syd Sharp and Keith Gilbert from Milton of Campsie Community Council deserve a special mention for all their enthusiasm and continued support, and Gordon at the village bakers for the neverending tea, coffee and cakes. It’s a real privilege to be involved in such a special project.”

The next improvement day is scheduled for Saturday, December 6, from 10am.

Meanwhile, plans are afoot to organise a village picnic party, called ‘Creation at the Station’ at the regenerated site on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Live music, a abouncy castle and games of rounders are already being planned.

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